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  & dental sealant 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.
  • 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]).

Healthy Mouths - Healthy Body

Dental Sealant Poster
“Dental Sealants Make Sense”
During the months of February and March, I will be providing free dental sealants, cleanings and fluoride to qualifying students previously seen for a dental screening by the West Shore School District Dental Hygienist. 
  • Dental sealants are clear or tooth-colored coatings that fill the grooves of back permanent teeth (molars) to keep out food and germs that cause cavities. 
  • The procedure is done with sterile tools, equipment.  No drills, no numbing. 
  • Teeth simply are wiped clean; a thin coating is painted on the tooth surfaces and dries resembling a white filling.
  • No eating or drinking restrictions after placement. 
Support for this program is due in part to the West Shore School District, the Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health, The American Dental Association, Our West Shore Families.  
In Smiles & Health,
Donna Murray, RDH, CSDH, MSDH, PHDHP
West Shore School District Dental Hygienist
Oral Health is important for overall health. Events planned to keep our community healthy: Lumineer will be visiting classrooms k-2. School Dental Hygienist will be providing preventive services & sharing oral health tips with students

Winter News.......


A Few Reminders to Stay Healthy During Cold & Flu Season:

  • Practice good hygiene-Wash hands often.

  • Replace your toothbrush after you've been sick.

  • Choose sugar-free cough drops.

  • Swish & spit after vomiting.

  • Stay hydrated to avoid dry mouth.

  • Choose the right fluids- sports drinks in moderation to replace electrolytes.

  • Drink lots of water for healthy teeth and body.

    A sneak peek of dental hygiene programs for 2023!!

                                       ……..Lumineer visits K-2 classrooms

                                       ……..Dental Sealant expansion to include siblings

                                       ……..Development of Sports Mouthguard Program

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