Montgomery County Health Department
offers a variety of clinics to help serve the needs of our community. Please click on any of the tabs below for more information on our clinic options. If you have any questions, please contact us at 573-564-2495.
Healthy teeth and gums — oral health — is very important to a child’s overall health. We offer dental care to children with Missouri Medicaid. Call (573) 564-2495 to schedule an appointment.
Tooth decay is one of the most common health problems for children in America. It can cause children to have pain and infections that can lead to problems eating, speaking, playing, and learning. The good news is that tooth decay is preventable. You can help your children take simple steps to protect their teeth and keep their beautiful smiles.
Begin brushing your infant’s gums with a washcloth or infant toothbrush even before her first baby teeth appear. Breastfeed your infant and put her to bed with a pacifier instead of a bottle, which can cause tooth decay.
From the time your child gets her first tooth until she is three years old, choose a soft-bristled toothbrush designed for an infant or child. Use a drop of fluoride-free toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. Taking care of your child’s baby teeth is very important. It allows her to eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables and ensures her permanent teeth come in straight.
When your child is three to six years old he should use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste that contains fluoride. Choose toothpaste that says “ADA accepted,” which means it is approved by the American Dental Association. Teach your child not to swallow toothpaste, but to spit it out after brushing. Help your young child brush his teeth so you can make sure he brushes all the surfaces of each tooth.
Children should brush their teeth twice a day, for at least two minutes each time. You can sing a song or use a timer to help make sure they finish the full two minutes. Children who brush their teeth daily with fluoride toothpaste will have healthier teeth. Children should also floss their teeth daily to remove food from between the teeth. You can buy child-friendly dental floss products that are easy for children to hold and use.
Your child should visit a dentist for her first check-up before her first birthday. After that, children should visit the dentist twice a year to have their teeth cleaned and checked. Your child’s dentist may recommend sealants for your child’s teeth. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. The sealants keep germs and food particles out of these grooves like umbrellas keep the rain off your head. Sealants are most often put on the permanent molars that children get at about age six and age twelve. Your dentist may also recommend your child take a fluoride supplement.
Help your child maintain good oral health and overall health by brushing and flossing teeth daily and by visiting a dentist for regular cleanings and checkups.
The Montgomery County Health Department offers mammograms on-site through its partnership with the Ellis Fischel Mammography Van. Check our 2022 schedule below and call 573-564-2495 to make a mammogram appointment.
Ellis Fischel Mammography Van Schedule:
- February 17, 2022
- May 16, 2022
- September 26, 2022
Mammograms are low-dose x-rays of the breast. A regular mammogram can help find breast cancer at an early stage when treatment is most likely to be successful. A mammogram can detect breast changes that could be cancer years before physical symptoms develop. The American Cancer Society recommends the following guidelines for women at average risk for breast cancer:
- Women between 40-44 have the option to start screening with a mammogram every year
- Women 45-54 should get mammograms every year
- Women 55 and older can switch to a mammogram every other year, or they can choose to continue yearly mammograms
According to the American Cancer Society, a woman is considered to be at average risk if she doesn’t have a personal history of breast cancer, a strong family history of breast cancer, or a genetic mutation known to increase risk of breast cancer. You should contact your medical provider for recommended guidelines on mammograms if you do not fit in the average risk category.
Montgomery County Health Department is excited to partner with Clarity Healthcare to offer Tele-Psychiatric services with trained psychiatrists. This service is available to children, adolescents, and adults with Medicaid, uninsured, underinsured, as well as private pay options based on a sliding fee scale. The appointments are held in the office of Montgomery County Health Department.
Telemedicine is the process of providing health care from a distance through technology, using videoconferencing. Tele-Psychiatry offers a range of services including psychiatric evaluations, therapy, patient education and medication management.
We hold our Tele-Psychiatric clinics on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry appointments are between 1:00 – 4:00 pm, and Adult Psychiatry appointments are between 9:00 – 11:00 am.
Anyone interested in these services can pick up a registration packet in our office or use the link below to access the registration packet. Once the registration packet is completed, please drop it off at Montgomery County Health Department, and you will be contacted for an appointment date and time. If you have any questions, you may contact Montgomery County Health Department at 573-564-2495 or Clarity Healthcare at 573-603-1460.
We are pleased to offer professional counseling services for youth through Melissa Blumer, LCSW. Melissa is a Montgomery County native. She graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 2009 with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Melissa became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2011. She currently serves as the Program/Clinical Director for Missouri Girls Town Foundation, Inc.
Melissa is passionate about helping others in any way she can, and she is excited about helping Montgomery County residents by providing therapy services to the community at the Montgomery County Health Department.
Youth with depression left untreated are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, suffer academic problems, have difficulties with relationships and family conflicts, have involvement in the juvenile justice system, and be more likely to attempt suicide.
If you know of youth struggling with depression, tell them about our counseling resources, or call us at 573-564-2495 to learn more about how we can help.
Toenail and Foot Care Services
Montgomery County Health Department offers toenail and foot care services on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. A doctor’s order for this service is only needed if you have Diabetes. This service is by appointment only and the cost is $20. Please call us to schedule your appointment at 573-564-2495.