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:

  • Performs the Pennsylvania State mandated dental screenings.
  • Organizes and operates the school fluoride supplement program.
  • Provides classroom dental health education grades 1-8.
  • With parental permission, provides preventative services to students within the school setting to  include dental cleaning, fluoride varnish treatments, dental sealants, silver diamine fluoride treatment.
  • Acts as a liaison to link families with community dental health professionals and resources for dental care.

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 or master degree from an accredited college or university.
  • School Dental Hygienist Certification through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • Additionally a Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner license to perform preventive services.

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

The District dental hygienist is Ms. Donna Murray ([email protected]).

Fall News.......

A New School Year....
Welcome Back!
 Hopeful our West Shore School District Families have had an enjoyable summer with family, friends, community.
2022-2023 - Your child(ren) may have brought home two dental forms (dental report form & permission slip to receive fluoride varnish treatment).  
To remain in compliance with PA DHS state mandate for dental evaluations, The District will require students show evidence of having a dental evaluation in grades 1, 3, and 7.  Within the first week of school, parents/caregivers of children in grades 1, 3, and 7 will receive a Private Dental Report Form. Please complete and return to teachers/school secretaries.
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 no longer provides fluoride tablets to students who do not have fluoride in their home water source. Students not having fluoride in their water and/or at risk of dental disease (dental cavities), will be eligible to receive a fluoride varnish treatment at no cost.  This form will be available to school secretaries, teachers and myself to share with students/families/caregivers.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above District's Dental Program, policy, or participation, please contact Ms. Donna Murray, the District’s certified school dental hygienist, at [email protected] or (717) 938-9577 x43007
"Smiles are free, and kind words cost nothing, but they can be worth the world. Students be inspirational as you begin this school year". 

In Health and Smiles,
Donna Murray, RDH, CSDH, MSDH, PHDHP
West Shore School District Dental Hygienist

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