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Horizon Helps Your Student Get Ready For What Comes Next

Jul 27, 2023 | Healthy Living, Newsroom, Uncategorized

(HOWARD, SD) – Back to school will be here before you know it and now is a great time to start getting your children ready for what comes next.

Horizon Health Care is now scheduling annual well child and adolescent wellness checks for children 6-17.

“Getting your school-age children ready for all stages of life is crucially important to establishing lifelong wellness,” said Misty Rudebusch, PA-C, Horizon’s Chief Medical Officer. “Children have different developmental stages that involve new physical and mental health concerns. Annual check-ups allow your primary care provider to make sure your child is prepped for that journey.”

Along with comprehensive physicals and mental health screenings, Horizon Health Care offers $10, custom-fit mouthguards at all eight of our dental locations. The mouthguards are available to our patients year-round and are proven to protect against concussion and dental injury.

“It only takes a moment to sustain an injury that could have a lasting impact on your dental and physical health,” said Michelle Scholtz, DDS, Horizon’s Chief Dental Officer. “The mouthguards are custom-fit to protect each individual child and keep them safe throughout their school career and beyond.”

According to the National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety, an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouthguard. Mouthguards and faceguards prevent an estimated 200,000 high school and college football injuries.

Custom-fit mouthguards, such as those provided by Horizon, are the most effective in preventing concussion. They provide maximum protection of all teeth, take the patient’s dental history into consideration, and may be designed for specific sports.

Contact your local Horizon medical and dental providers to help get your children ready for what comes next to preserve their physical, mental, and dental health.

About Horizon Health Care, Inc.

For over 40 years, Horizon Health Care has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and behavioral healthcare through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental healthcare needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 110,000 patient visits annually in 32 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit


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