Smile Program is a nationwide, school based mobile dental practice that made its first trip to Lewis County last week.
Last week, the unit examined students at Roanoke Elementary School, Leading Creek Elementary School, and Lewis County High School.
In March, they will be back to examine students as Jane Lew Elementary School, Peterson-Central Elementary School, and Robert L. Bland Middle School.
Although only a few students took advantage of the program this year, but dentist Kayla Archer said that’s the norm when the program is first introduced into a new school district.
Dr. Jason Wilson agreed, adding, “When we start a new county, it takes a while for it to catch
Archer and Wilson are joined by hygienist Melissa Alderman. Archer is the only full time employee, and keeps all supplies and equipment, receives email lists of schools, and schedules
Wilson and Alderman both work other jobs through the week so they mostly travel on Fridays. Archer, Wilson, and Alderman are all from Morgantown, and cover a 20 county area, including the School for the Deaf and Blind in Romney.
Students must have parental permission, and they do accept insurance. There is also a grant available to pay for services if the family qualifies.
Parents and guardians can choose the services they want their child to receive, which includes x-rays, cleaning, sealants, flouride, fillings, extractions, and stainless steel crowns. They cannot perform surgeries or root canals.
Smile will be coming to Lewis County Schools twice a year, and they plan to have normal recalls so students can receive general dental work on a regular schedule.
For more information on this program, visit their website at www.smileprograms.com or
contact your child’s school principal.