Dental Hygienist's Corner

What is a school dental hygienist?

A School Dental Hygienist is a dental professional who advocates for children's dental health within the educational setting.
 
What does a school dental hygienist do?

A School Dental Hygienist's duties include:

  • Organizing and operating the school fluoride supplement program
  • Performing the State mandated dental screenings
  • Providing classroom dental health education
  • With parental permission, is able to provide preventative services to students within the school setting to  include sealants, cleaning and fluoride varnish treatments
  • Acting as a liaison to link families with community dental health professionals and resources

  • What preparation does a school dental hygienist need?

  • A Registered dental hygienist (RDH) license to practice dental hygiene. This license is granted by the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry.
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • School Dental Hygienist certification through the Pennsylvania Department of Education

  • Who is the West Shore School District's dental hygienist?

    The District dental hygienist is Mrs. Deb Barr (email dbarr@wssd.k12.pa.us)

    Changes to the District’s Dental Program

    The beginning of the 2018-2019 school year brings with it two changes in the District’s Dental Program.
     
    In the past, the District has complied with state mandate by requiring students show evidence of having a dental evaluation in grades 1, 4, and 7. Starting this year, the District’s will require dental evaluations in grades 1, 3, and 7.  Within the first week of school, parents of children in grades 1, 3, and 7 will receive a Private Dental Report Form. If this form is not returned or returned without a dentist’s signature, the student will be evaluated by the District’s certified school dental hygienist at no cost to the family.

    In addition, the District can no longer provide fluoride tablets to students who do not have fluoride in their home water source. The sole manufacturer of bulk fluoride tablets in the United States is no longer producing them. Despite many attempts to find another supplier, none can be found. Parents are reminded that physicians and dentists can prescribe tablets for students who do not receive fluoride in their water.

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above changes in the District's Dental Program, please contact Mrs. Debra Barr, the District’s certified school dental hygienist, at dbarr@wssd.k12.pa.us or (717) 938-9577 x146.
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