Hundreds of Morrinsville children will get an improved oral health outcome after the opening of a new school-based dental service today at Morrinsville Primary School.
The Morrinsville Community Dental Clinic, accessed through the Moorhouse St entrance at Morrinsville School, will be ready to assess and treat children from this month.
Blessing of the new clinic took place at 10:30am and this is the last of the six new purpose built clinics in the Waikato region.
The clinic will be staffed during school term time plus some school holidays with two dental therapists and two dental assistants to provide treatment for approximately 2000 children from 13 local schools as well as preschoolers. They will also be supported by a newly appointed community dentist and a kaitiaki to assist with a community focus to improving oral health.
Schools served by the dental clinic include David Street, Elstow/Waihou, Kereone, Kiwitahi, Morrinsville Intermediate, Motumaoho, Springdale, St Joseph’s Morrinsville, Tahuna, Tatuanui, Tauhei, Waitoa and Morrinsville Primary
The Morrinsville Community Oral Health Clinic will be complemented by an assessment mobile dental clinic providing on site assessment and preventive care at some of the surrounding schools. The dental team are encouraging parents to attend appointments with their children so they can have a look through the new clinic and have a chat about easy ways to improve dental health. Preschoolers of any age are a priority says Community Oral Health Service manager, Diane Pevreal, as preventing decay is simple and effective and we can help by both strengthening teeth and establishing a simple home care regime.
Mrs Pevreal says that new facilities bring an improved service, with new state of the art equipment for providing first-rate preventive care and treatment.
“Our focus is on preventive care that includes early diagnosis, fissure sealants and strengthening treatments, but we still are effective and have new treatments for active decay.
We’re available now if any parents have concerns – our phone number is 0800 TALK TEETH, or 07 859 9160.
The DHB announced in 2009 a major overhaul to its School Dental Service, at a cost of $9.7million, after it found that 77 of the 78 school-owned dental clinics staffed by Waikato DHB needed replacing or refurbishment to comply with new legislation.
The six clinics are at:
- Cambridge Middle School
- Morrinsville Primary School
- Peachgrove Intermediate
- Firth Primary School, Matamata
- Frankton Primary School
- Fairfield Intermediate
The DHB will retain a lease agreement with Crawshaw School (Hamilton) to continue using its existing dental clinic, and refurbished space in Tokoroa Hospital will be an eighth clinic.
The mobile fleet increased from six to 15 vehicles servicing 129 mobile sites throughout the region. The vehicles were built in Hamilton by Motek, a subsidiary of CI Munro.
Most schools that do not have a new clinic will receive a mobile service and in some cases, students will need to travel.
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