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The Kern County Children’s Dental Health Network (KCCDHN has been an important oral health resource for children, parents and schools in Kern County since December, 1999. The program was developed to address a need, identified from the community, which resulted in creating the partnership between the West Kern Community College District (WKCCD) /Taft College Dental Hygiene Program and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) office. For 14 years and through the support of tobacco tax dollars, these two educational institutions have strategically delivered comprehensive dental services to children (2-5 years of age) at pre and elementary school sites throughout Kern County to increase access to dental care.
KCCDHN has been utilizing pre and elementary schools as a base to provide dental services to children for over 14 years. This model has resulted in a very effective and efficient means for children to access care. The children have demonstrated they are comfortable receiving dental care in the familiar environment of their classroom or cafeteria. Together they interactively learn about the importance of good oral hygiene while surrounded by friends and teachers. Climbing into a clinical chair for a screening and cleaning is easy when they see their fellow classmates do the same.
Since December, 1999, student hygienists from the Taft College Dental Hygiene Program have been mobilized to 717 pre and elementary schools. At the school sites, they have contributed to 168,000 hours of dental services to children by providing 29,771 prophylaxis (cleanings), 41,490 fluoride treatments, 8,442 sealants and 37,919 chair-side educational presentations. The amount of preventative services provided equates to approximately $4,918,538 in dental services for Kern’s children. As a result, the amount of decay identified in children has decreased since the year June, 2000 from 53% to 21% in June, 2013.