School-Based Health Centers

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Bassett Healthcare School-Based Health Program

  • There are now 20 Bassett Healthcare School-Based Centers (SBHC) located in 15 schools providing high-quality comprehensive and preventative medical, mental health and dental care.
  • SBHCs are open 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. when school is in session. We have extended hours from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., once a month, at each of our sites.
  • When school is not open, there is at least one site open to see patients every day (except for six major holidays).
  • Our toll free number during normal business when school is closed is 1-844-255-7242. A nurse practitioner or physician assistant and a mental health therapist are available to speak with you. 
  • Bassett School-Based Health is now accredited as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). A medical home embraces the care partnership between families and their health providers to ensure that patients receive the most comprehensive care possible.

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Have you ever heard a mother say, "a tooth for every child"? While there are many factors that make good oral health more challenging during pregnancy, such as fatigue, morning sickness, and frequent snacking, your baby stealing calcium from your teeth is not one of them. According to the American Dental Association, "It is a myth that calcium is lost from the mother's teeth during pregnancy. The calcium your baby needs is provided by your diet, not by your teeth. So be sure to get enough calcium in your diet."  

It's important that an adult brush a child's teeth until he or she has the skills to do it properly themselves. If your child cannot tie their own shoes, they are probably not ready to brush by themselves. For children under 3 years old, use no more than a grain-of-rice-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. For children 3 to 6 years old, use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

Tooth decay can begin as soon as a baby's teeth come in. Infants should not be put to bed or allowed to fall asleep with a bottle or training cup that contains milk, formula, fruit juices, or any liguids with sugar. If you must put your child to bed with a bottle, make sure it contains ONLY WATER.

As teeth begin to come in, some babies may have sore or tender gums. To help your baby feel better you can gently rub your child's gums with a clean wet gauze or give him a clean, chilled teething ring. Try to avoid gels or creams with local anesthetics (like Orajel or Baby Orajel) as these products have caused serious reactions in a small number of children.

As soon as your child has two teeth that touch, clean between them every day with floss or floss aids.

Site: ADA brochure, "Your Child's Teeth: Helpful Tips for Parents and Caregivers".

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