Clinical Preventative Dental Services

Let’s Smile, Inc. delivers professional dental health care services focusing on preventing oral disease in children & adolescents utilizing a Collaborative Registered Dental Hygienist.

Let’s Smile, Inc.’s services align with the Minnesota Child and Teen Checkup standards.

Clinical preventive dental services provided are for children and adolescents under 20 years old, who are covered by State Insurance: Minnesota Health Care Plans (MHCP) such as MA, South Country Health Alliance, Blue Plus, UCare, or uninsured.

If patient is covered by private dental insurance or additional/supplemental health insurance plans, please use other dental offices.

Patients participating in our program who are enrolled in a state assistance program will have their services billed to insurance and the unpaid portion will be paid by grant funding. If patient is uninsured, Let’s Smile, Inc. utilizes grant/donation funding to cover the cost of their services.  Let’s Smile, Inc. does not bill families for preventative services.

 Let’s Smile, Inc. promotes and educates the link between oral health and overall health by providing the following services:

    • Basic Screening Surveys (BSS): assess for broken enamel onteeth, detect infections in gum tissues, check for oral cancer, and inspect for the proper development of teeth.
    • Dental prophylaxis: removal of oral plaque, calculus, stains, and bacteria that cause cavities and oral infections
    • Fluoride varnish treatment: strengthens the enamel of teeth to prevent cavities
    • Sealants: when applied to chewing surfaces of molars, help to prevent cavities
    • Oral Hygiene Instructions
    • Take-home bags: include toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste for each child; take-home fluoride rinse or anti-bacterial rinse will be provided as indicated byBSS
    • Post-visit follow-up: evaluation, advisement, and documentation of untreated dental decay and/or concerns to parent/guardian and the school nurse or social worker if requested
    • Referrals: directly referred to general dentist or dental specialist as needed
    • Following bi-annual visits, we provide evaluation, advisement, and documentation of untreated dental decay and/or concerns to parent/guardian.

    Let’s Smile, Inc. promotes and educates the link between oral health and overall health by providing the following the C& TC Guidelines:

    • The child’s history, clinical findings and susceptibility to oral disease will determine the timing, selection and frequency.
    • Appropriate discussion and counseling will be an integral component of each visit.
    • Will include counseling on toys, pacifiers, car seat use and passenger restraints, routine playing, sports and mouth guards. Will include counseling on the additional need for sucking; fingers vs pacifiers, then the need to wean from the habit before malocclusion or skeletal dysplasia occurs. For school-aged children and adolescents, counsel regarding habits such as nail biting, clenching and grinding.

      

    Minnesota’s Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) Program

    Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) is Minnesota’s Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program. EPSDT is a federal program required in every state to provide quality well-child care for children eligible for Medicaid. It is administered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services with technical and clinical assistance from the Minnesota Department of Health.

    EARLY – Assessing and identifying problems early
    PERIODIC – Checking children’s health at periodic, age-appropriate intervals
    SCREENING – Providing physical, mental, developmental, dental, hearing, vision, and other screening tests to detect potential problems
    DIAGNOSIS – Performing diagnostic tests to follow up when a risk is identified, and
    TREATMENT – Control, correct or reduce health problems found

    Newborns, children, and adolescents, through the age of 20 who are eligible for Medicaid should get routine Child and Teen Checkups. There are over 500,000 children eligible for C&TC in Minnesota.

    Comprehensive and periodic screening, or well-child checkups are the foundation of the C&TC program. Periodic examinations or screenings are delivered according to the C&TC Schedule of Age-Related Screening Standards, also known as the Periodicity Schedule. This helps to assure that health problems are screened for, diagnosed, and treated early, before they become more complex and treatment becomes more costly.

    Dental Checkup:  Verbally refer the child for their first dental examination at the time of the eruption of the first tooth in the mouth or no later than one year of age. An oral exam is performed as part of the physical exam at every C&TC screening. The health history information gathered from the parent or guardian during the C&TC screening or at a dental visit will help determine a child’s carries risk status. A child should see a dentist every 6 months or as indicated by the child’s risk status/susceptibility to disease.

    To schedule an appointment or presentation:
    please call or text: 507-363-3023
    Email: letssmile@outlook.com