Every week, the SMILES program sends a team of dental professionals and portable dental equipment to forty Title 1 Schools in North Texas. SMILES is run by Dental Health Arlington, a non-profit dental clinic, and provides free oral health screenings, dental sealants and fluoride treatments to over 10,000 low-income students in the first, second and third grades. For some students, the SMILES program is their only opportunity to see an oral healthcare provider. Some even receive their first toothbrush from a SMILES staff member.
Pulpdent has donated 600 applications of Embrace Pit & Fissure Sealant and 200 applications of Embrace Varnish to the SMILES program for the 2018-2019 school year. “Embrace is the best sealant product that I’ve ever used as a dental hygienist,” says Kristin Parrino, RDH, who has been placing dental sealants for ten years with the SMILES program. According to Parrino, there are clinical and cost benefits to using Embrace Sealant. “Our program keeps retention records of the sealants we have placed on the children. Since we started using Embrace our stats have improved” which means fewer “re-dos” and decreased risk of tooth decay. Parrino also notes that, unlike some sealants, Embrace does not require a drying agent, which saves time and money.
Embrace Pit & Fissure Sealant is moisture-friendly and also releases and recharges phosphate and fluoride. Research shows remarkable sealing ability and adaptation to tooth structure.
Embrace Varnish releases bioavailable calcium, phosphate and fluoride ions to strengthen and protect teeth. Embrace Varnish fills superficial, non-carious enamel lesions and can be used as a desensitizer.
Pulpdent offers in-kind donations to qualifying organization that provide services to children and/or to adults with limited access to oral health resources. Click here to learn more about the Pulpdent Public Health Partner Program.