By Derek Etter
Social Media and Marketing Editor
Kathi Hunger-Sanders, the district’s dental hygienist, works every day at the Junior High, responding to calls from all schools in the district, and has done so for the past 10 years.
Some may even remember her as the “tooth fairy” that visited their classes in elementary and junior high school.
Primarily in the Junior High, Hunger-Sanders makes a trip to any school in the district students have a toothache or dental issue.
And now, with the help of a grant from the William H. Trout Foundation, her job has a few new tools for assistance, one being a portable dental unit for checkups, dubbed the “Plaque-Man.”
This device has everything you’d see in a usual dentist’s office. Suction, water, air, and other tools that complete a checkup.
“A light curing wand, sealants, fluoride,” Hunger-Sanders said, listing the plethora of supplies she now has for checkups within the district.
Along with this, they have been able to purchase a cordless prophy handpiece, which allows Hunger-Sanders to polish teeth, just like in a dental office.
Diagnodent, a system that can detect cavities with laser fluorescence, is also available for them to use now, giving Hunger-Sanders a chance to help students with dental needs.
However, checkup tools aren’t the only thing that the dental department has received.
They now have the capability to take digital x-rays with a new portable nomad X-ray unit.
This service, only available to students without dental insurance, will allow diagnosis of dental issues.
“There is a large population of homeless students and students without dental care,” Hunger-Sanders said, “and with these I can help out and do dental cleanings anywhere.”