Studies have shown that dental problems and gum disease are rife among school-age children in Saudi Arabia. This worrying trend can be attributed to a number of factors, including poor diet, incorrect oral-hygiene procedures and an absence of regular monitoring by a trained dentist.
The Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (JHAH) Star Clinic – a pediatric wellbeing program available in JHAH Dhahran and JHAH Al-Hasa – aims to tackle these problems, and educate families on the best practices for maintaining optimal dental health and oral hygiene.
The establishment of sound oral hygiene at a young age reduces the risk of dental problems in later life, which, in turn, can boost self-confidence. We look forward to providing you and your child with friendly, professional guidance to make that happen.
Upon enrolment, you will be invited to bring your child (aged two and under at JHAH Dhahran) to our sessions, held at JHAH Dhahran and JHAH Al-Hasa. We will review your child’s medical history, check their teeth and mouth. We will also talk to you about oral hygiene and brushing practices, as well as discussing your child’s diet and how it can affect their teeth.
Protective fluoride varnish
At your child’s 18 and 24 months JHAH clinic visits, our pediatricians, trained by our dentists, will add a pain-free protective fluoride varnish on your child’s teeth. The varnish protects your child’s teeth and reduces the risk of cavities by up to 50 percent. If we identify caries in your child’s teeth, we will advise you to see a dentist for treatment and further dental health guidance.
The Star Clinic program is available to children aged zero to six and who are receiving their healthcare at JHAH.
To enroll your child, please inquire at your nearest JHAH dental clinic.