APD Delivers Dental Care to 57 Students at the Ottauquechee School


APD’s Upper Valley Smiles team recently spent a week at the Ottauquechee School in Quechee, Vermont. The school dental team screened 57 students and 43 received preventive dental treatments including topical fluoride varnish and sealants. A total of 388 sealants were applied.

The program was administered by registered dental hygienist, Mary Davis and dental assistant, Shelley Giguere (shown right.) During the visit, Davis also presented an oral health education lesson in every classroom.

Ottauquechee Principal Cathy Newton said, “Our students benefited greatly from the Upper Valley Smiles Program, especially those who received preventive dental treatments. Many of the participants have no regular dentist, and for more than a few, this was the first dental experience they ever had. While many students seemed apprehensive at first, most of them left the treatment room with great big smiles!” She added, “Along with our teachers and staff, I am very pleased that this service was offered at our school and look forward to having the Upper Valley Smiles team return next year.”

Upper Valley Smiles was able to expand to the Ottauquechee School this year thanks to a generous grant from the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation. At no cost to parents, the APD Upper Valley Smiles dental team visits local schools in Grafton and Windsor County annually, providing classroom education, dental screenings, along with fluoride varnish and sealant applications.

“We are very pleased to be able to provide dental care to the Ottauquechee School students. Thanks to Northeast Delta Dental’s grant and collaboration with Principal Newton and School Nurse Andrea Davis, APD was able to provide preventive dental treatments for at-risk students, and referrals to local dentists for additional restorative work,” said Nancy DuMont, APD’s Director of Community Health.  “According to a 2014 report from the Vermont Department of Health, in Vermont, the percent of third grade children with dental sealants has decreased, suggesting the need for a renewed dental sealant effort. The Upper Valley Smiles program is the largest school-based dental sealant program in the State, and we are committed to growing the program in the future.”