Burlington School District

Tooth Tutor Program

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What is the Tooth Tutor Program?

The Tooth Tutor program allows trained dental hygienists to spend time at your child's school each week.  They have two key duties - (1) to provide brief in-class instruction about dental health, and (2) to identify students who need dental care or dental homes. If parents agree, the Tooth Tutors work with the dental clinic at Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler or other dental practices to find dental homes for the students. They support parents' access to transportation and translation/interpretation services.

The table below shows the percent of students with a dental home at the beginning and end of each school year. While start-of-year percents fluctuate, end-of-year percents are consistently high, indicating that Tooth Tutors are mostly successful in connecting students with dental care during the school year.

Tooth Tutor outcomes 2009-10

School

Tooth Tutor

# in school

Initial Target Group from health history

Target group after contact w/ family

% with Dental
Home Sept.

# not receiving care

% Dental home June

BSD overall

NA

2366

1492

473

80%

220

91%

Burlington High (11-12)

Diane Polson

530

410

205

61%

143

73%

Champlain Elem

Diane Polson

NA

 

 

 

 

 

C.P. Smith

Pari Motia

253

53

4

98%

0

100%

Edmunds Middle

Erica Brown

403

216

80

80%

13

97%

Hunt Middle

Erica Brown

395

193

75

81%

24

94%

Integrated Arts K-5

Pari Motia

230

220

42

82%

6

97%

IAA preK

 

31

30

14

55%

6

81%

Flynn K-5

Pari Motia

341

204

27

82%

19

97%

Flynn preK

 

26

16

3

88%

2

92%

Sustainability Academy

Pari Motia

157

150

23

85%

7

96%

 

Most students did not have a visual exam because it was expected that the Integrated Arts Academy at H. O. Wheeler Clinic would be open.  However, of those that the Tooth Tutor hygienists visually screened, most needed preventive care.  Several students needed immediate or restorative care:

Students screened (2003-04)

Preventive care

Restorative care

Immediate care

Barnes (39)

67% (26)

21% (8)

13% (5)

Flynn (23)

61% (14)

22% (5)

17% (4)

Burlington total (62)

65% (40)

21% (13)

15% (9)

*Students at Champlain and Wheeler were not screened.

Who pays for the Tooth Tutor program?

The center is supported by state funds, federal funds and a partnership with Fletcher Allen Health Care and Community Health Center of Burlington.

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Last updated: January 12, 2011

Tooth Tutors:

Sustainability Academy

Pari Motia - 316-7654

BHS

Diane Polson - 899-5105

Flynn Elementary:

Pari Motia - 316-7654

Integrated Arts Academy:

Pari Motia - 316-7654

Edmunds Middle and Hunt Middle

Erica Brown - 316-0013