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Plainville Students Smile With In School Dental Program

Plainville Community Schools' students have brighter smiles this year, thanks to the Start Smiling Dental Program. The school based program, offered by Community Health Center Incorporated of New Britain, Connecticut, brings a variety of preventative dental services to Plainville children at school.

This year the Start Smiling program came to Linden and Toffolon elementary schools where approximately 50 students participated in the dental service program. Each child enrolled in the program receives a cleaning, dental exam, and fluoride treatment as part of the visit, along with instruction on brushing and flossing. Dental services are provided by a licensed dental hygienist who sees the students individually by appointment at school on a specific school day. Services are provided at no cost to HUSKY insured students and at a nominal fee for uninsured students.

The dental program was piloted at Linden Street School and Louis Toffolon Elementary School this year, and may be expanded to the other Plainville schools during the 2008-2009 school year. "We are continuing to work closely with the Start Smiling group to offer this successful program at all of our schools," explained Maureen Schiffer, Director of Special Education and Pupil Services.

"We are pleased to be able to bring the Start Smiling Dental program to Plainville students. The on site visit at school provides access to dental services for many of our students who might not otherwise have the resources to visit the dentistís office for preventative care," said Dr. Kathleen Binkowski, Superintendent of Schools.

-Posted on May 28, 2008 at 02:47 PM

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