Dental Health Aides expand training for dental disease prevention

Story by – YKHC Dental Department

May 9, 2013 - 1 minute read
Charles Redfox, Darian Erick, and Charlene Joe recently completed training for applying fluoride sealant.

Tooth decay can be prevented yet it is the most common chronic disease of childhood. YKHC’s Dental Prevention Program is working diligently on preventing tooth decay in many different ways.

YKHC trains Dental Health Aides to provide fluoride varnishes, sealants, dental cleanings, and oral health education in their communities. A PDHA II – Sealant training was held in March. Darian Erick, Charlene Joe, and Charles Redfox expanded their training to include sealant placements, as well as the fluoride varnish and education they are already providing in Chefornak, Chevak, and Emmonak.

In April, a PDHA I training was given. Xenia Sergie-Shavings of Mekoryuk, Carmen Pitka of Marshall, and Margaret Martin of Kasigluk will be bringing prevention services to their communities.

Melanie Jayne, RDH, organized two of our bigger events in March. Smile Alaska Style, held during Cama-I, and the ME Sealant Clinic. Smile Alaska Style provided dental screenings, prizes, and fun education. Download the Smile Contest Winners flyer. During the ME Sealant Clinic, Caleb Steubing, DMD, and Melanie provided dental screenings, 517 sealants and a fluoride application to 156 children in Bethel.