The goal of the dental program for Western Tidewater Health District is to assure optimal oral health for all the citizens through proper use of fluoride, education regarding proper nutrition, proper oral hygiene and preventive procedures and assuring access to care.
This is accomplished by working with the schools to provide preventive care and education to children in the 2nd 3rd 4th and 5th grades in Isle of Wight County, Franklin City and Southampton County. This program has been in place since 1996. Restorative care is provided for those children without a dental home. Children in the WIC program are eligible to receive dental exams and fluoride varnish at their recertification exams. The dental staff is currently working with the boys and girls club of Franklin to assure the children have access to care.
Services are also provided to adults over 21 who have Medicaid, and adults participating in the Diabetes Prevention Grant through the Southampton Franklin Charities.
Two dental clinics are set up to provide services; one in Smithfield in Isle of Wight County and one in Courtland at the Southampton Co Health Department. The clinic in Isle of Wight is currently closed. Patients wishing to have an appointment should call 757-653-3040 for an appointment in Courtland. The dentist and the dental assistant are State employees and also serve as instructors for the externship program for the dental assistant program from MCI and the school of dental hygiene at ODU.
Community outreach is an important part of the dental program for the WTHD and the staff is available for health fairs and community projects throughout the year. Dr. Elizabeth Bernhard and Kristie Chester D.A. can be reached at 757-653-3040.