Published On: Thu, Apr 18th, 2013

¡Olé! It’s a sealant fiesta!

¡Olé!, is an old Spanish expression that is used when cheering or applauding an event.  This expression was heard repeatedly during the recent “Sealant Fiesta” at Cherokee Elementary school.  Third and fifth grade students had the opportunity to receive dental care during school hours.  Each participant received a visual exam, brushing and flossing instructions, fluoride varnish and dental sealants; without ever leaving the school.  During this event, 102 children were seen and 368 dental sealants were placed.

Dr. Joyce Biberica, from Cherokee Indian Hospital, performs a dental exam on a student during a recent Sealant Fiesta at Cherokee Elementary School.  (EBCI Health & Medical photo)

Dr. Joyce Biberica, from Cherokee Indian Hospital, performs a dental exam on a student during a recent Sealant Fiesta at Cherokee Elementary School. (EBCI Health & Medical photo)

Mellie Burns, EBCI Children’s Dental Program manager, notes, “The success of this project is due to the tremendous cooperation from many people. Without their contributions this event simply would not have taken place.”

“I would like to personally thank the following:

– The North Carolina Division of Oral Health, Danny Stafford, equipment technician

– The Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority, Dr. Joyce Biberica and Pam Cooper

– The University of New Haven – Rene Prajer, associate professor, and Nicole Hotchkin, Elaine Colvin, Kristine Le, Helen Tran, Chelsea Fucci and Janiene McMaster (These six dental hygiene students chose to come to Cherokee as a Spring Break alternative to provide services for the students at Cherokee Elementary School.)

– Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian Health & Medical Division – Radonna Crowe, Manual Hernandez, Susie Winchester and Jill Lossiah

– Cherokee Central Schools, Yona Wade, director of the Center for Cultural Arts

– Cherokee Elementary School – Principal Paula Coker; third grade teachers Ms. Driver, Ms. Ganing, Ms. Maney and Ms. Martens; and fifth grade teachers Ms. Ball, Ms. Bradley, Mr. Mitchell and Ms. Saavedra

– And most importantly, the students who eagerly and enthusiastically participated.  ¡Olé!

– EBCI Health & Medical Division

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