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Smile Virginia services approved for Pulaski schools

The Pulaski County School Board voted Monday afternoon to authorize Smile Virginia/Mobile Dentists to provide services for students within the Pulaski County Public School system for the 2009-10 school year.
Smile Virginia/Mobile Dentists is an in-school dental prevention program providing preventative dental services, including dental exams, cleanings, fluorides, x-rays, sealants, education and referrals.
The Smile Virginia/Mobile Dentists have visited each of the schools in Pulaski County this year (excluding PCHS) and according to school health coordinator Mary Hall, the dentists saw 242 students for preventative dental care, and of those 242 students, 40 received grants that covered all of the cost of their dental care, while most of the other students were covered by Medicaid or FAMIS.
Hall said that there were students, some who were third and fourth graders, who had never seen a dentist before.
"I think that says something" about the need for this program, she said.
Board member Pam Chitwood agreed that there is a definite need for the program, and said "no child should not have access to a dentist in 2009."
Board member Jeff Bain commented that in speaking with a few local dentists, they had expressed their concerns about the program not offering follow-ups, and also concerns about billing procedures when students are referred from the program to local dentists.
He said "I’m glad that our students have this opportunity," however, "I think there are a few administrative problems occurring" that simply need to be taken care of.
Ultimately, the board voted unanimously to authorize the program for the next school year.

Smile Virginia services approved for Pulaski schools

The Pulaski County School Board voted Monday afternoon to authorize Smile Virginia/Mobile Dentists to provide services for students within the Pulaski County Public School system for the 2009-10 school year.
Smile Virginia/Mobile Dentists is an in-school dental prevention program providing preventative dental services, including dental exams, cleanings, fluorides, x-rays, sealants, education and referrals.
The Smile Virginia/Mobile Dentists have visited each of the schools in Pulaski County this year (excluding PCHS) and according to school health coordinator Mary Hall, the dentists saw 242 students for preventative dental care, and of those 242 students, 40 received grants that covered all of the cost of their dental care, while most of the other students were covered by Medicaid or FAMIS.
Hall said that there were students, some who were third and fourth graders, who had never seen a dentist before.
"I think that says something" about the need for this program, she said.
Board member Pam Chitwood agreed that there is a definite need for the program, and said "no child should not have access to a dentist in 2009."
Board member Jeff Bain commented that in speaking with a few local dentists, they had expressed their concerns about the program not offering follow-ups, and also concerns about billing procedures when students are referred from the program to local dentists.
He said "I’m glad that our students have this opportunity," however, "I think there are a few administrative problems occurring" that simply need to be taken care of.
Ultimately, the board voted unanimously to authorize the program for the next school year.