Public Health Resources for Idaho North Central District

Oral Health

School-Based Fluoride Rinse Program

Boy SmilingResearch has shown that children who rinse weekly during the school year with a 0.2 percent neutral sodium fluoride solution have 30 to 40 percent fewer cavities. Most Idahoans live in areas where the amount of fluoride in the water is low. The School Fluoride Mouth Rinse Program gives children in these areas the protection of fluoride.

School-Based Dental Sealants

Girl Brushing TeethA dental sealant is a plastic substance that is painted in the pits and grooves of molars to protect teeth from decay. Using portable dental equipment, a complete dental operatory is set up at a school. Second grade children are examined by a Registered Dental Hygienist and then sealants are placed on permanent molars.

Schools are identified on the basis of the percentage of students enrolled in the Free/Reduced Lunch Program. Public Health-Idaho North Central District (PH-INCD) has partnered with Regence BlueShield of Idaho Caring Foundation for Children to increase the number of schools selected for sealant clinics.

Early Childhood Caries (ECC) Prevention Program

Baby BottleFamilies on the WIC (Women, Infant, and Children) Program are elibible for sliding scale fluoride varnish, oral exam and nutrition counseling twice per year up to age five.

The focus is to have a preventative dental exam by age one and to raise the parent awareness of the causes of ECC. District 2 has five outlying offices that schedule these clinics once per month.

Oral Health Promotion

Give Kids A Smile 2008

Give Kids A Smile

Dentists in District 2 provided over $25,000 worth of free exam, x-rays, cleanings and fillings for the American Dental Association’s “Give Kids A Smile Program” for February 2007. Give Kids A Smile 2008 is sponsored by ADA, Regence Caring Foundation for Children, and Delta Dental of Idaho.

Headstart School Visits

Oral health professionals visit headstart schools to provide classroom education. Each child is given a toothbrush and is educated on tooth decay.

Pregnancy And Oral Health

For more information, contact the Oral Health Program at 208-799-3100.

Page Last Updated: 2012-07-27

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