Dixie State College Dental Hygiene Outreach Program to Provide Service in Kane County
|Friday, September 5th, 2008
The Dixie State College of Utah Dental
Hygiene Outreach Program will be coming to Kane County on Friday, September
19th and Friday, October 3rd, to provide free dental hygiene services to low
income elementary school students. Services include oral screenings,
cleanings, fluoride treatments, x-rays, sealants, and oral hygiene education
and will be provided in the mobile clinic on site at Kanab Elementary
"We are grateful that Dixie State College is able to provide these much
needed services to the residents in Kane County," said Daniel W. Hulet,
Chair of the Kane County Commission. "We are always seeking ways to enhance
the quality of health and dental care for our citizens and this program will
have a positive impact."
All services are provided by Dixie State College students under the
supervision of DSC's Dental Hygiene faculty. DSC's mobile dental clinic,
which has four on-board operatories, has been going to elementary schools
and rehabilitation centers in Washington County as well as the Doctor's Free
Clinic for nearly two years. In addition, DSC students have provided
services in the mobile clinic as part of the "Give a Kid a Smile Day"
"We have found three major obstacles for our community in obtaining dental
services ≠ lack of transportation, lack of time, and lack of financial
resources," said Karmen Aplanalp DSC Dental Hygiene Program Director and
assistant professor. "The majority of the population we serve have never had
oral hygiene education. We believe that preventive care will lead to fewer
dental problems in the future."
To qualify for DSC's Outreach Program services, a student must be eligible
for the school's free or reduced lunch program. Students who qualify for
Medicaid, CHIPS, or are uninsured will also be accepted. Parents wishing to
register their child for these no-cost dental hygiene services on either
Sept. 19th or Oct. 3rd, are invited to pick up application forms at the
Kanab Elementary principalís office. For specific questions, contact:
Veronica Fely at (435) 879-4906.