Family Resource Networks are local coalitions of people working to better meet the needs and improve services for children and families in their communities. West Virginia State Code defines a Family Resource Network as “a local community organization charged with service coordination, needs and resource assessment, planning, community mobilization and evaluation.” FRNs are coordinating bodies and gateways to their respective communities.
We identify needs in the community and then bring people and resources together to work on meeting those needs through special projects. Family and community representatives, policy makers and providers of services can embrace and act upon these principles as members in Cabell County’s powerful partnership.
Cabell County Family Resource Network FAQ
So, Dr. Carbaugh, I understand you are new to the Huntington area. Can you tell me a little about yourself, where you practice and any special interests you may have?
Dr. Carbaugh will share that she works at Marshall Dentistry and Oral Surgery and a little bit about herself, her story of wanting to become a dentist, and any special reflections on her work with children.
You all see a lot of children at the Marshall Clinic, can you share with parents why a well-child dental visit is important?
Sure, first off well-child visits are fun visits! We use the visit as an educational time for both the child & the parents, we talk about taking care of your child’s smile and use the visit to establish a system of trust between the child and the dental team.
In addition, we will get the child on a 6 month recall so we can address any issues before they become major problems. We see children starting at 6 months of age and can continue to treat them through adolescence into adulthood. Our clinic has no age limits!
Can you walk us through what exactly will happen during a well-child dental visit?
Absolutely! During the well-child visit, we count the teeth, look at the hard and soft tissues –hard tissues meaning the bone which we evaluate with x-rays and soft tissues meaning the gum tissues. We are looking to ensure all structures are healthy and free of disease.
We then clean the teeth and apply fluoride varnish.
Fluoride varnish is one of the newest forms of topical fluoride applied at the dentist office. It’s safe & effective to fight cavities and one of the really neat things about fluoride varnish is that it works to both stop and reverse cavities and it blends in with the teeth.
Fluoride varnish is painted on the teeth with a little brush (Dr. Carbaugh will demo application of fluoride varnish on a model) and then the child is instructed not to eat or drink anything hot for the next 6 hours and they get a “No Brush” pass until the next day-which makes them happy!
If you are looking for a dentist or more information about dental health for your child, where can parents and other people in the audience learn more?
If you need help finding a dentist for your child, a toolkit is available on the CabellFRN.org website.
Do you have any tips for parents around the well-child dental visit?
-Schedule your child’s first dental visit between the arrival of their first tooth and their first birthday. If the child’s first birthday has come and gone, don’t worry or feel guilty, just get them in as soon as you can.
-If possible, schedule a morning appointment when children tend to be rested and cooperative
-Stay positive! As a dentist, I’m here to help! I’m here to help keep your child’s teeth healthy.
-It’s best for parents to keep any anxiety they may feel about dental visits to themselves.
-Never bribe your child to go to the dentist or use the visit as a punishment or threat.
-Finally, make the child’s dental visit an enjoyable outing. Teaching your child good oral hygiene habits early can lead to a lifetime of good dental health.