HOUSTON – Nov. 11, 2015 – Second-graders across all Spring ISD elementary schools are invited to participate in Project Saving Smiles (PSS) to receive free preventative dental health screening, sealants and fluoride varnish Dec. 7-11. The PSS initiative is a partnership between the Houston Health Department (HHD) and Spring ISD which delivers a non-drilling, non-filling preventative health screening to Spring ISD students.
The Spring ISD nursing department is leading the districtwide initiative alongside Project Saving Smiles. Jeanne Parker, a registered nurse and director of nursing at Spring ISD, is excited to welcome the program to Spring ISD. Parker knows first-hand that having basic proper dental care habits, such as brushing and flossing are essential for healthier clean teeth.
“Proper dental care is very important to an individual’s overall health,” said Parker. “Brushing your teeth after every meal along with daily flossing improves your overall dental and personal health.”
One of the major goals of the PSS project is to expose children who have never been to a dentist to do so in a low stress dental environment. This meets the second grade Health TEKS, while providing dental sealants, fluoride varnish and dental care education.
The PSS week-long campaign will take place Dec. 7-11 and qualifying students will be transported by Spring ISD buses to the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center, 7500 FM 2920 Road Klein TX, to receive the on-site screenings, sealants and varnishes. Students will also attend a 30-minute education session to learn about proper brushing and flossing and nutrition that helps form strong teeth.
Parent letters and consent forms with more information on the PSS initiative have been sent home with students for their review. The consent forms must be returned in order for your student to participate in the program. If you have any question or concerns please feel free to contact your child’s school nurse for more information.