FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
We understand the importance of patient education. The more our patients know about dental care, the more likely they will be to enjoy good oral health. It's why we take our time with all our patients so they are clear on all matters of their oral health.
We welcome questions about general oral health, good home care, and anything else that pertains to how your oral health impacts your overall well-being. If your question is not answered in the list below, please feel free to contact us directly. Chances are, if it's a question you have, others have had it as well!
What is the Oral Health Impact Project?
The Oral Health Impact Project (OHIP) provides comprehensive quality oral health care to children at the greatest risk for dental disease. OHIP offers on-location, comprehensive dental care. OHIP was founded by CEO, Lawrence Caplin, D.M.D., who is a graduate of the University Of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and was presented with the University’s Alumni Award of Merit in May 2005. He is also certified in forensic dentistry, and in the aftermath of 9/11, volunteered his time as a member of the Body Identification Team.
What is the cost to our school?
The dental program is available to all students. Screenings are provided free of charge to those students enrolled in the program. Comprehensive services such as a Dental Exam, X-Rays, Cleanings, Fillings, Topical Fluoride Applications, and Preventative Sealants are also available to all enrolled students and although these services are not mandatory or free, they will be paid for by Medicaid, CHIP, private insurance or self-pay as in any other private dental practice. A written notification of the oral health exam results and any treatment performed will also be sent home with your child on the day of treatment. Should the child not be insured, we can put the family in touch with an insurance carrier.
How do parents and students sign up for the program?
Consent forms are distributed by the school liaison to every student. Parents wanting to enroll their child in the program should complete the form and return it directly to the school liaison. Parents can also obtain a consent form by contacting OHIP at 1-866-916-OHIP (6447) or by downloading a copy HERE.
What is the advantage of providing dental care within the structure of a school?
Offering on-location dental services will have a major impact on one of our student’s greatest health issues. Because dental visits can be scary for kids, getting care in a familiar place eases that anxiety. In signing the parental consent, we are able to perform follow-up treatment including cleanings, exams, fillings, ect. in the child’s school.
Why is there a Dental Crisis among school age students?
Lack of finances, education, and transportation has led to a dental crisis resulting in 51 million hours of lost school hours per year in the United States. According to Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General, kids that suffer from dental issues are insecure and don’t talk, smile, or participate as often in school activities. Thus, dental disease is a “silent epidemic” because it often goes unnoticed in schools, children have limited access to dental exams, and they lack education about oral care and treatment options.
Which kids are at greatest risk?
Children from low-income families have the most dental problems. Forty-one percent (41%) of third graders have untreated tooth decay and fourteen percent (14%) suffer from pain and infection. The Surgeon General reports that children from low income families suffer from twice as many cavities as middle-class children. Lower income children are less likely to receive treatment because they may be uninsured and their parents cannot take time off to bring them to a dentist.
What are the long term benefits of providing quality dental care for school age students?
Kids exposed to quality dental care are proud of their teeth and smiles. Higher self-esteem means greater confidence in all aspects of school and life. The habits that children learn through the program are brought home to their families and, over time, to their own children. This helps “break the chain of dental disease.” Students who have been through our program are more likely to pursue dental careers, which can help ease the dental shortage and, in turn, provide more high-quality care for communities.