SIOUX CITY (KTIV) – Students at Irving Elementary got free dental care thanks to a program called iSmile.
iSmile is a preventive dental program that focuses on improving the oral health of Iowa’s students.
The program provides dental screenings, dental sealants, fluoride varnish, and age-appropriate oral health education all done by Iowa licensed dental hygienists or dentists.
The iSmile program provides students with the care that might otherwise not get this preventive care due to lack of transportation, parents needing to take time off work, and lack of insurance.
Dental related appointments are the second leading cause of kids being absent from school.
“By providing this service at school, parents don’t have to take off of work and students are receiving critical health services that will lend itself to increase student attendance,” said Kim Buryanek, Associate Superintendent for Sioux City Community Schools.
Siouxland District Health provided the licensed dental hygienist for this project.