Toothsavers of Washington

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Toothsavers Services

Visual Screenings

Looking at the teeth and gums with a mouth mirror and light. We will check for signs of decay, gum problems, and check if the student needs sealants. This screening does not take the place of a regular dental office exam and the screening must be done in order to receive any of the other services.

Sealants

Are a thin plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. They protect the tooth by keeping germs out of the deep pits. Sealants can last for years. We usually seal 4 new permanent molars that come in at about 6 years old and 4 more molars that come in at about 12 years old.

Fluoride Varnish

A special fluoride coating that is painted on all teeth. This takes about 2 minutes. Fluoride varnish is a little sweet, sticks to the teeth and feels a little rough. The students can drink fluids or eat soft foods right after the fluoride is painted on. The fluoride should be brushed off the next day. Fluoride varnish helps make teeth stronger.

Cleanings

Removing hard and soft debris and polishing.

Oral Hygiene Instructions

Brushing and/or flossing

FAQ's for Parents:

  • What if my family cannot afford Tooth Savers services?

    Your child may qualify for free or reduced cost health insurance thru AppleHealth. You may pay only what you can afford - even a minimum payment helps keep our programs going - we will see all students regardless of ability to pay.
  • My child already receives fluoride at the dentist office, should they have it done by you also?

    Yes, in Spokane County, we are considered at higher risk for dental decay because we don't have adequate amounts of fluoride in the water systems. Children are also considered at higher risk for decay if they have a history of decay. High caries risk children should have at least 2-6 fluoride varnish applications in a year. Depending on the age, Medicaid pays for 2-3 fluoride varnish applications for each provider with a maximum of 9 fluorides a year.
  • What will a typical visit for my child be like?

    Each child that signs up has a teeth screening and tooth brushing instructions. We chart the teeth and tissue conditions, determine the need for sealants, and provide a dental referral list. Each family determines on the consent what other services they want. We can provide dental teeth cleanings, sealants, and fluoride varnish.
  • Does my child need to see a dentist if they see you?

    We encourage regular visits with their dentist for fluorides and comprehensive dental exams with x-rays (x-rays usually once a year).
  • What if my child has special needs or is very afraid?

    Our staff has training with working with special needs patients and fearful patients. We will not force the children to do anything they are not comfortable with. We will stop at any time during a procedure if the child wants to stop.

FAQ's for School or Facilities:

  • How much space do you need?

    We need about 12 by 12 room with electrical outlets.
  • What is the cost for us?

    There is no cost for the school.
  • How can we schedule you to come to our school or facility?

    Contact the web site e-mail mmcelderry@oralhealthcarellc.com
  • How often can / will you come?

    Most schools are scheduled twice a year and a few of our schools are only one time in the Winter quarter.
  • What will you need from us?

    We need a contact person for us at the school who can help set up the scheduled visit and reserve a room for us. This person will also help to get our consents to the teachers (generally, we will print and deliver the consents).