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Dental Health School Based Programs

Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County

Sodium Fluoride Mouth rinse (Swish)

The Fluoride Mouth rinse Program is a simple procedure of swishing one or two teaspoons of fluoride in the mouth for one minute once a week. This free preventive dental program has been helping reduce cavities by 35% for the past 30 years for students in grades 1 through 5. These schools are located in parts of the county that do not have access to fluoridated water in the public water systems.

Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants are thin, plastic coatings placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. When the sealant hardens it forms a solid shield over the tooth surface. This protects the tooth from decay by covering the many pits and fissures on the chewing surface. Over 90% of the decay on permanent teeth in children is on the chewing surfaces of the first permanent molars.

Dental Sealants are offered to second grade children in participating elementary schools. The objective of the program is to prevent cavities in new permanent molars which come in between the ages of 6 through 8.

Dental Health Education Sessions

Dental Health Education is provided for both teachers and students in the Palm Beach County School District by the Dental Health Educator.

The staff of the Dental Program actively participates in health fairs providing education and resource information through its “Tooth Fairy: Dental Coach.

Tooth Fariy Bus