MURRAY – Floss and Gloss, a dental program offered by the Purchase District Health Department, has assisted 94 students at Murray Elementary and 93 Murray Middle School students.
Floss and Gloss offers cleaning, sealants and, new this year, silver diamine fluoride, as well as tele-dentistry to students who signed up for the program. This program also offers aftercare options to those students with higher needs and a lack of income to receive them.
Morgan Carman, Family Resource and Youth Services Centers (FRYSC) director, said the program is a blessing to the schools.
“Not only do they offer the preventative care students need, but when urgent needs are found, they have resources to help families get the necessary care for no cost to them, which includes providing gas cards to families who have to travel to an out-of-town dentist,” Carman said.
The Floss and Gloss Program provides dental services in 38 schools across Western Kentucky through the Purchase District Health Department. The program is expanding to include asynchronous exams and silver diamine fluoride (SDF) by utilizing teledentistry. This expansion is made possible by a partnership with local dentists, Dr. Whitney Deitz and Dr. Andrea Becker of Aspen Dental. This is in addition to the Purchase Districts Health Department’s current program which provides a dental assessment, cleaning, fluoride varnish, and sealants (if applicable).