Children's Preventive Dental Care

In response to these needs, WVU Health Sciences Center Eastern Division has established a school-based dental program which provides preventive dental for qualified children while they attend public school.  The program is available for children ages 4-21 who are enrolled in the WV CHIP or Medicaid program and do not have a dental home.  By providing services in the school setting, parents do not have to miss work or provide transportation to a facility and children miss only a few minutes of school time.

In addition, Dr. Poland provides these same services for children ages 1-3 at Shenandoah Community Health Center located on Tavern Road in Martinsburg, WV.   To make an appointment for your infant or toddler, call Shenandoah at 304-263-4999 and ask for Pediatrics.

Lisa L. Poland, DMD, RS

Assistant Clinical Professor, WVU School of Dentistry

Dr. Dunn and her staff use portable dental equipment to provide the following services:

  • Dental Exams
  • Teeth Cleaning
  • Fluoride Treatment
  • Sealants

If a child needs additional treatment, our staff will assist in finding a dentist to provide those services.

For more information, a brochure or appointment, contact us at 304-596-6321.

Who is eligible? 

Any child who has active Medicaid or WV CHIP insurance

What services are provided (depending on date of last dental visit)?

  • Dental Exam
  • Cleanings
  • Fluoride Varnish Treatment
  • Sealants (when necessary)
  • Referral to local dentists for fillings (if necessary)

Who will provide the services?                 

Dr. Lisa Dunn Poland
Director of  Dental Health Programs
Assistant Clinical Professor, WVU School of Dentistry
WVU Health Sciences Center, Eastern Division
2500 Foundation Way, Martinsburg, WV 25401
304-596-6321

Where are services provided?                  

At your child’s school

Cost to parents:               

There is no additional fee.  Costs are covered by Medicaid and/or WV CHIP insurance.

Dr. Poland will visit each elementary/primary school in the fall and then again in the spring to perform the screening exams and some fluoride treatments (age dependant).  Her dental hygienist will visit the schools some time after the first visit to provide cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealants.  Intermediate, middle, and high schools will receive two visits per year.  Dr. Poland will make her visit in the winter and the hygienist will follow-up sometime after that visit.

School visit dates are listed below.  A copy of the registration form can also be found below.  Feel free to print a copy, complete, and mail to:  

WVU Children’s Dental Program
WVU HSC Eastern Division
2500 Foundation Way
Martinsburg, WV  25401

How To Enroll

Fill out the registration form sent home on the first day of school or print the one below and return to homeroom teacher by Wednesday, August 29, 2012.

Did you know?

  • Dental decay is almost completely preventable.
  • Most dental problems are preventable if children begin seeing a dentist at an early age.
  • Tooth decay and associated pain interfere with daily activities for 4 million to 5 million children and adolescents every year.
  • Research has shown chronic oral infections can lead to heart and lung diseases, diabetes and stroke, as well as premature births and low birth weights, according to the US surgeon general’s report, “Oral Health in America”.
  • ADA recommends a child’s first visit to the dentist should be within six months of the first erupting tooth, and no later than one year of age. Healthy Habits for Preventing Cavities
  • Limit juice, milk, formula and other sugary drinks to mealtime. Drink only water between meals.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily
  • Floss your teeth daily
  • Drink water with fluoride. If you are unsure if your water has fluoride, take a sample to your local health department for testing.
  • Set a good example for your children by following all of the above.
Links to: School of Dentistry-Morgantown

Get on the Fast Track to Dental School Admission - To find out more about our Retention through Early Acceptance of Dental Students in the Eastern Panhandle visit our website: www.hsc.wvu.edu/eastern/pdfs/DentSTEP.pdf