Marshall County Schools Board of Education President John Miller and Student Services Director Karen Klamut recognized Dr. Shane Helms, DDS and Dr. Angela Petros, DDS during the Board of Education meeting Tuesday evening for their commitment to help students get the proper dental care they need.
The services the dentists give to each student are a part of the West Virginia Oral Disease Prevention Project grant. Through the program, second graders are linked with a dentist to establish a dental home where they can be seen for routine dental care. This school-based venture is designed to impact children who may not otherwise go to the dentist.
Second grade students who have not seen a dentist in the past 12 months are transported via school bus to the dentist. Cameron Elementary students go to Dr. Helms’ office while McNinch Primary School second graders are taken Dr. Petros’ office to get an oral health assessment. Students receive cleanings, x-rays, sealants and restorative work as needed.
Dr. Helms’ and Dr. Petros’ dedication to the program goes beyond what the grant covers, which only includes supplies. Both Moundsville dentists, along with their dental hygienists, volunteer their time to see the students. They have committed to examine any Marshall County student who needs dental care, no matter age or grade level.
Marshall County Schools implemented the West Virginia Oral Disease Prevention Project during the 2016-2017 academic year thanks to the state grant. Since then more than $30,000 in grant money has been used to help sustain the program in the school district.