$4.5 Million Grant to Loma Linda University School of Dentistry from First 5 Riverside Will Give Children Access to Dental Care

The First 5 Riverside grant, to be distributed over four years, is expected to allow dental health screenings for about 5,500 children a year, and treatment for about 700 children a year, over the term of the grant.

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A $4.5 million grant to Loma Linda University School of Dentistry from First 5 Riverside will provide dental health screenings and treatment to children throughout Riverside County.

Loma Linda, Calif. (PRWEB) May 06, 2013

A $4.5 million grant to Loma Linda University School of Dentistry from First 5 Riverside County Children & Families Commission, also known as First 5 Riverside, will expand access to much-needed dental care for children through five years of age.

The First 5 Riverside grant, to be distributed over four years, is expected to allow dental health screenings for about 5,500 children a year, and treatment for about 700 children a year, over the term of the grant.

Loma Linda University School of Dentistry’s Riverside County Dental Program will use the grant to offer comprehensive dental screenings and direct treatment for Riverside County’s youngest children.

“It’s a huge thing for us to be able to provide these services to children in Riverside County,” says Dr. Carla Lidner Baum, assistant professor at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and the grant’s project director.

“Primarily, we want to make sure that children do not suffer from pain and infection from decayed teeth, but we also do try everything possible to avoid having to extract the decayed teeth. We want to restore and maintain the child’s baby teeth, if at all possible, because if a child loses their primary teeth too early because of decay and need for extraction, then it often happens that the permanent teeth will grow into all of the wrong positions in the mouth, and the child will have crooked and misplaced teeth for life,” she says.

First 5 Riverside officials say the collaboration with Loma Linda University School of Dentistry helps First 5 Riverside further its goals of providing the growing numbers of families in Riverside County access to oral health care for their children.

“Oral health is critical for children’s overall health and their ability to be successful in school. Oral health concerns are a big reason for children’s absence from preschool or kindergarten, and children in pain are not prepared to learn,” says Harry Freedman, executive director of First 5 Riverside. “Loma Linda University School of Dentistry shares our commitment to improving the oral health of the children in our community, and we are very pleased to partner with them.”

Dr. Lidner Baum says the grant will allow dental health professionals to perform screenings and perform triage. The program works with local schools, Head Start programs, and child care centers to screen the children, with the most urgent cases being referred to the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry Clinic, as well as regular dental offices throughout Riverside County.

First 5 Riverside is a division of Riverside County Department of Public Social Services. Funded by Proposition 10 tobacco tax revenues, it supports health and early childhood education services designed to help children, prenatal through age five, develop a strong foundation for success in school and throughout their lives.

Photo Caption: A $4.5 million grant to Loma Linda University School of Dentistry from First 5 Riverside County Children & Families Commission, also known as First 5 Riverside, will provide dental health screenings and treatment to children throughout Riverside County. In the photo, Dr. Carla Lidner Baum, the grant’s project director, recently screened the teeth of children at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry’s Riverside County Dental Program Clinic in Moreno Valley.

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About Loma Linda University Health (LLUH)
Loma Linda University Health includes Loma Linda University's eight professional schools, Loma Linda University Medical Center's six hospitals and more than 900 faculty physicians located in the Inland Empire of Southern California. Established in 1905, LLUH is a global leader in education, research and clinical care. It offers over 100 academic programs and provides quality health care to 40,000 inpatients and 1.5 million outpatients each year. A Seventh-day Adventist organization, LLUH is a faith-based health system with a mission "to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ."

About Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry is one of 63 schools in the United States that trains students from at least 75 countries in the dental sciences. In 2011, 184 students received degrees among those offered in dentistry, dental hygiene, the International Dentistry Program and eight postgraduate programs. There were more than 118,419 patient visits in various clinics where students hone their clinical skills and prepare for board examinations. Students also volunteer for service in mobile clinics, health fairs, and community clinics. Many of the School’s 113 full-time, 218 part-time, and 137 volunteering dental faculty promote global oral healthcare through international lectures and in supervising students in the Service Learning International Program.

About First 5 Riverside
First 5 Riverside, the Riverside County Children & Families Commission, is a division of the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services and is funded by Proposition 10 tobacco tax revenues. Established by the County Board of Supervisors in 1999, First 5 Riverside supports early childhood development through funding for early education, health and child care services that benefit children, 0 through 5 years of age. Research shows this support helps children develop a strong foundation for success in school and throughout their lives. For more information about First 5 Riverside programs and other funded services, call 800-266-3880 or visit http://www.rccfc.org


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