The Child Care Health Project at the SF Department of Public Health teamed up with the UCSF School of Dentistry and UCSF School of Nursing April 25th and May 2nd to screen 120 children at Parkside’s Pre-School and Kindergarten in San Francisco, CA. This school attracts a high Asian, mostly Cantonese and Mandarin speaking, population. The Asian population in San Francisco has consistently shown to have an increased rate of early childhood caries. With the generous donation of dental supplies provided by Henry Schein, we were able to screen our target population of children most in need. We found a high rate of decay, with one third of the children screened having cavities and requiring follow-up care with a dentist. Additionally, with the donated dental supplies, including masks and gloves, we were able to apply fluoride varnish to 83% of the children, a vital component in reversing early caries and preventing future decay.
With Henry Schein’s donations of bags, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss, we made goody bags for each child to take home. Not only do goody bags enhance the children’s dental screening experience, but they are filled with the necessary tools for parents to immediately begin improving their child’s oral health at home. Caries are completely preventable and no child should ever have to experience this pain and suffering. Thank you Henry Schein for helping us get one step closer to eliminating early childhood caries in our San Francisco child care centers!