Children's Dental Network

Posted 8/30/2019

Greater Derry Oral Health Collaborative Corporation Children’s Dental Network Summary

Derry Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle Schools and DEEP Greater Derry Oral Health Collaborative Corporation (GDOHCC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. For 26 years, our Children’s Dental Network (CDN) program has been providing oral health services for Derry students with the generous funding from the Alexander Eastman Foundation and support from local dentists. Thanks to additional support from principals, nurses, teachers and other school staff, we are proud to share the results of our partnership during the 2018-19 school year.

  • Oral Health Education for grades K- 5: delivered by Dianne Powers, RDH, Program Director and Kendra Kuba, RDH. (2,025 students/107 classrooms)
  • Dental screenings were performed in the fall for students PreK- grade 2 by local volunteer dentists. Written results were sent home with each student that was screened. (288 students)
  • Dental treatments were provided for students in PreK - grade 8 without access to routine preventive dental care. (237-fall 224-spring)
  • 461 dental cleanings and fluoride varnish applications provided
  • 889 teeth received preventive dental sealants
  • 53 temporary fillings were placed
  • 163 teeth received silver diamine fluoride to stop decay progression
  • Written results for parents, as well as a toothbrush and toothpaste, were sent home with each treated child.
  • Follow-up letters were mailed to parents with recommendations for treatment and offers for further assistance if needed.
  • Every effort was made to contact parents the same day if urgent needs were found. (15 students) Donated treatment was also arranged when needed.

During the 2018-19 school year, CDN provided preventive dental services to children without access to dental care in Derry, Londonderry, Chester, Sandown, Hampstead and Windham with a total clinical value of $171,956.

Thank you to all our school communities for supporting this valuable oral health program. Please feel free to call with any questions.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Oral Health Program supports the delivery of school-based cavity prevention programs in New Hampshire schools. These programs deliver valuable services that maintain and improve oral health for students.

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