ACAS has a new service which will be available here at our school periodically
Registered Dental Hygienist from Health Promotion Specialist (HPS) will visit the school January 8th and again toward the end of the school year. They will offer dental cleaning, fluoride application and dental sealants. Please see the information below for more information from HPS.
You have the opportunity to help protect your child from the number one chronic disease of children in the United States – tooth decay/cavities
WHAT IS HPS?
HPS is a privately owned and operated group of Registered Dental Hygienists throughout the state that go into schools to clean teeth, apply fluoride and place sealants on teeth. We will see your child every 6 to 9 months.
There is a charge for the services.
WHAT ARE SEALANTS?
Ninety (90%) of all tooth decay occurs in the biting surfaces of back teeth. Dental sealants have been proven to not only prevent decay, but to also stop decay from growing.
Sealants are thin plastic coatings that are painted in the grooves on the biting surfaces of back molar teeth to prevent and stop cavities. Sealants are placed on permanent teeth.
WHAT ABOUT COST?
If your child has Medicaid or SCHIP, they will be billed and there will be no cost to you. If you have dental insurance, we will file for you and bill you for any amount your insurance does not pay. All others will be billed for the cost of services. Costs for HPS services:
Teeth Cleaning --Age 11 and under, $40.00 or Age 12 and over, $54.00;
Fluoride Varnish -- all ages, $20.00, Sealants -- all ages, $29.00 per tooth.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN YOU CLEANED MY CHILD’s TEETH?
A letter will be sent home the day your child is seen. It will let you know what was done and if your child has any obvious cavities. If you complete this consent and your child has received a cleaning in a dental office within 6 months of HPS visiting your school, your child is not due for another cleaning and may not be seen.
WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS A CAVITY?
We will give you a list of dentists in your area, and you may choose which dentist you would like your child to see.
HOW CAN MY CHILD BE SEEN AT SCHOOL?
Your student will be bringing home form for you to fill out. If your child currently sees a local dentist, your child may have already had these services done or be scheduled for this in their office. Please consult your dentist. Medicaid and dental insurance will not cover cleanings and fluorides more than once every six months. Medicaid and insurance will pay for an exam, x-rays and fillings, etc. if your child’s teeth are cleaned and/or sealed through the HPS service at school. It is a parent’s choice of where and who provides ser