Dental Aid’s education program includes showing age appropriate videos, distributing toothbrushes and toothpaste, and instructing children and caregivers on preventive maintenance, including brushing, flossing, fluoride, and healthy nutrition.
Dental Aid conducts non-invasive screenings for schools, health fairs and community groups. During dental screenings, a dental hygienist or assistant looks at each child’s mouth and rates oral health needs according to four categories: urgent dental needs, problems found, better brushing recommended, or no problems found. A complete examination, x-rays, and cleaning are recommended for all children. The purpose of the screenings is to assess overall oral health and identify dental problems, such as severe dental caries or infection, which require immediate treatment. Parents are notified of the screening results by the school/center staff and encouraged to access dental care services.