Toothaches keep children in pain and prevent them from learning and attending school. These kinds of problems are preventable and we can help! School based sealant programs, like Toothsavers, are proven to be very effective in reducing dental emergencies in children and increasing their oral health.
Toothsavers provides preventative oral health care services to children including: oral health screenings, sealants, fluoride application, and oral health education, all within WA state schools, during school hours. We provide services to Title I schools & schools with a free and reduced lunch rate of 50% or greater. All services are provided by a gentle and experienced Registered Dental Hygienist.
We are a school based program that focuses on creating affordable access to oral health care for children, at parents convenience. We bill to Apple Health for Kids/ Medicaid and we offer very reduced, affordable cash fees so that every child can receive the care they need.
The day of, each child enrolled will be called from class to the health room for approximately 10-30 minutes to receive treatment.
*We try very hard to only perform NON OVERLAP services meaning; we try to only perform services that will not overlap with your insurance coverage at your dental office. Our services do not take the place of dental office visits. Your child should be visiting a dentist office for 6 month cleanings and treatment as necessary on a regular basis.
Each child will come home with:
Sealants are a safe, thin, clear, plastic type material that is placed into the deep grooves of the back teeth. Sealants create a shield over the tooth, which prevents bacteria from causing cavities. Each sealant takes approximately 1-3 minutes to place and is completely painless.
Efficient preventative and home care is key to having a healthy smile. Our experienced hygienist will review proper brushing and flossing techniques with each child, as well as nutritional advice.
Fluoride varnish is a mineral coating brushed onto the teeth to protect against cavities and make teeth stronger. Fluoride application only takes about 1-2 minutes and has been proven safe and effective. Children do not have to wait to eat or drink after varnish is applied.
Your child may qualify for free or reduced cost health/dental insurance through Apple Health of Washington (1-855- 923-4633) You may pay only what you can afford, even a minimum payment helps keep our programs going. We will not turn away a child if unable to pay.
Yes! In Spokane County, we are considered at higher risk for dental cavities because we do not have adequate amounts of fluoride in the water systems. Children are also considered at higher risk for cavities if they have a history of them. High cavity risk children should have 2-4 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 so, they can be done both at your dental office and with Toothsavers.
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.
Our low cost uninsured fees are as follows:
Visual Oral Assessment=$10
Fluoride Varnish Application=$12
Sealants (per tooth)= $20
Our mission is to be able to keep these programs going in order to provide care to all students in need. We are happy to help set up payment plans if needed. We will not turn your child away if unable to pay.
Please contact the website email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Amber Juliano RDH, BS at (509) 676-6060
Most schools are scheduled twice a year (6months apart) . A few outer area schools are scheduled only one time in the Winter quarter.
There is no cost for the school
We need about 12 by 12 room with electrical outlets.
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 to you).