Welcome to the Missouri Oral Health Preventive Services Program; The Preventive Services Program can also be referred to as the PSP .This program is administered through the Department of Health and Senior Services.The intent of the PSP is to mobilize a community toward protecting the oral health of its children. People across Missouri are gathering together for PSP events to “MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHERE THEY LIVE!”Essential to the success of the PSP is the community-wide involvement of various groups and individuals toward this common goal of children’s oral health.Examples of these groups include schools, childcare facilities, hospitals, community organizations, businesses and dental professionals.
The PSP has four basic components. The first component is a surveillance tool. An oral screening of a community’s children is conducted once per year by a volunteer dentist or dental hygienist. Secondly, oral health educational materials and oral health education are built into the PSP structure. Prevention is the third component of the PSP. To prevent dental decay, fluoride varnish is applied twice per year by community volunteers. The fourth component is referral. Children identified with urgent or unmet dental care needs are referred to a local dentists for treatment. The PSP is designed for children of all ages-infant through 18 years of age.
It is the responsibility of the Oral Health program to provide these components at no cost to schools or communities:An Oral Health Program Consultant specific to each county will provide direction for implementing the PSP in partnership with the event coordinatorProvide educational materials, oral health PowerPoint presentations and take home information for the children.Supply screening materials including: screening forms, disposable mouth mirrors, toothbrushes, and fluoride varnish .Offer web-based training for all volunteers, including oral screening calibration and training for varnish application andany other support as needed for implementing PSP
It is the responsibility of the community and the event coordinatorin which the program is being conductedto provide the following components:To locate and recruit local dentists and dental hygienists to conduct the oral screeningsTo recruit community volunteers for varnish applications and to assist in other areas on the day of the screening and varnish event.Obtain parental consent for fluoride varnish applications, the consent letter will be provided by the Oral Health Consultant.Order supplies through through Oral Health ConsultantProvide oral health education to the children.Schedule screening and 1st varnish application event and 3-6 months later; schedule 2nd varnish application event .Complete assorted paperwork for PSPAnd develop a referral system with community dentist for children with unmet dental needs.
The Missouri Oral Health Preventive Services Program (PSP) 1 An Oral Health Program administered through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The (PSP) is a free community-based, systems approach to population-based prevention of oral disease. Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Center for Health Equity Oral Health Program
The Components Necessary to Engage Your Community in The Preventive Services Program (PSP) 4 basic steps: 1. Surveillance/Screening; Complete an annual standardized oral health screenings of the children in a community for a statewide database. Oral screening conducted by a dentist or dental hygienist. 2. Education; A community volunteer will provide oral health education to all children participating in the PSP program. A toothbrush, toothpaste and oral health educational materials are also provided to participating children. 3. Prevention; Two applications of a fluoride varnish applied by a trained community volunteer. The first application at the screening event, the second application three to six month later. 4. Referral; Assistance for communities participating in the PSP to establish a referral network of local dentists for dental treatment of children will be provided. 2
People Involved in the PSP Event EVENT COORDINATOR The person coordinating the screenings, varnish, education and referrals for the school or agency. is typically a School Nurse, Head Start Health Coordinator, County Nurse or Parent *SCREENER *VARNISH VOLUNTEER OTHER ASSISTANTS Parent, Nurse, Teacher or any other Person interested in helping with the details of the Event Dentist Parent, Nurse, or Teacher or any other Dental Hygienist Person Interested in Applying Varnish You will be one of many involved in a PSP Event. That is the purpose of PSP. “Many hands working together for the oral health of the community. * Online training for oral screening calibration and varnish application provided. 3
PSP State Roles and Responsibilities Oral health program will provide at no cost: Oral Health Program Consultant Educational Materials Screening supplies: screening forms, disposable mouth mirrors, toothbrushes, fluoride varnish Web-based training for volunteers Other support as needed for implementing PSP
Responsibilities of Event Coordinator Recruit community licensed dental professionals Recruit community volunteers Obtain parental consent for fluoride varnish application Order supplies through Oral Health Consultant Provide oral health education to children Schedule screening/varnish application event and second varnish application event Complete paperwork for DHSS Develop referral system with community dentist for children with dental needs. Dental care is the most commonly cited unmet health care need in the nation ( Pediatr Clin N AM 2000;47: (1177-1189). 5
Questions?Find a PSP Consultant To locate an Oral Health Consultant in your community; Go to Mo Healthy Smiles web site@ www.mohealthysmiles.com Click icon on left side ”Find a consultant” Office of Primary Care and Rural Health Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services P.O. Box 570 Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570 1-800-891-7415 http://www.dhss.mo.gov/oralhealth/ Thank you! Created 1-13-11 6