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DOH-Volusia - Dental Care During Summer Camp in New Smyrna Beach

By Holly Smith

August 09, 2017

New Smyrna Beach, Fla. - There's more to summer camp than field trips and games in the gym. Last week 34 summer campers received dental care at the Alonzo 'Babe' James Community Center in New Smyrna Beach. The Department of Health in Volusia County's (DOH-Volusia) mobile dental team cleaned teeth, conducted exams and applied dental sealants at no cost to the child or their parent.

As part of the department's school-based preventative dental program, the team will resume serving students when they return to class in Volusia's Title 1 schools. Children receive instruction during the school day on how to care for their teeth and are given a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and a brushing timer. Dental cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatments also are offered at no cost on site at the school.

By offering dental care in Title 1 schools, the program provides convenient care to at-risk children with a goal of improving their health through good oral hygiene. Racial and ethnic minorities and children from low-income families are less likely to receive preventive dental care and therefore more likely to suffer from untreated tooth decay. In adulthood, poor dental health has been connected to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, pre-term and low-birth weight babies.

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