Dental Hygiene Service Program


About the Program

     Dental diseases are the most prevalent chronic conditions in the United States and the major cause of loss of teeth in children and adolescents.  Schools play a considerable role in the delivery of dental services to children.The school dental health program in Pennsylvania is an integral part of the total school health program. The goal of the Hazleton Area Dental Hygiene Service Program is to help each student attain and maintain a state of optimum dental health. The program goal is to educate the student in proper oral care,prevention of oral disease and sustaining good health.
Dental Examinations are state mandated in K, 3 and 7, in addition to new entries to the district.
      The Hazleton Area School District offers the services of the dental hygienist to provide a screening and complete the required paperwork at no cost. Permission forms will be distributed at school for the parent / guardian to select one of the following options:
        Private Dentist- Student will have routine check-up performed at their own private dentist. Private Dentist Form can be downloaded and taken to family dentist at the regular visit and returned to your child's school.  On top portion of Permission Form (English); Permission Form (Spanish) select private dentist and list name of your child's family dentist.  The bottom portion of permission form or the private dentist form  must be taken to family dentist to be completed. 
        School Hygienist- Throughout the course of the school year the school hygienist moves from building to building. Permission forms will be sent home a few weeks prior to the hygienists visit. The hygienist uses a sterilized mouth mirror and dental explorer to complete the screening. All standard precautions, including gloves and mask, are used by the hygienist. At the screening, a dental report will be sent home informing parent/ guardian of the condition of the child's mouth. 

           dental mirror  Parents/Guardians MUST complete a Permission Form (English); Permission Form (Spanish)  in Grades K, 3 and 7.

tooth Kindergarten :
                                 Students  will learn about the importance of their teeth, loss of baby
                                 teeth, plaque and healthy snacks. A dental puppet will be used to
                                 demonstrate proper toothbrushing. At the dental screening, students      
                                 will receive toothbrushes,coloring papers and disclosing tablets
 Third Grade :
                                 During a powerpoint presentation, students will learn the parts of their   
                                   teeth, types of teeth, chain of tooth decay,and plaque. Students will also
                                 discuss what occurs at dental visits and how to maintain healthy teeth
                                 for the rest of their life.At the dental screening, students will
                                 receive toothbrushes, coloring papers and disclosing tablets.
tooth Seventh Grade:
                                 During a powerpoint presentation, students will review all items    
                                  discussed at the Third Grade level. In addition,the cause of
                                 periodontal disease and its effects will be studied.
                                 Proper flossing and brushing techniques will be reviewed.  
                                 At the dental screening, students will receive
                                 toothbrushes, dental floss and disclosing tablets.
tooth Ninth Grade:
                               Dental career and proper oral hygiene discussions may be done 
                               throughout the school year. 
tooth Other :
                             Pre-school/ other grades will be receive Dental education
                             upon request of classroom teachers.
Dental Forms
Dental Links
The National Museum of Dentistry-fun interactive site
Colgate: Bright Smiles, Bright Futures
American Dental Association
Keep Kids Healthy
Childrens Oral Health