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. Currently, there are 26 schools that participate in the program. These schools are located in parts of the county that do not have access to fluoridated water in the public water systems.
Volunteers are needed for this worthwhile program. If you can spare an hour or two once a week, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at an elementary school of your choice.
Dental Sealants are thin, plastic coatings placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant when it hardens 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 which can decay very easily. Over 90% of the decay on permanent teeth in children are 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.
Over 2100 second grade students are examined each year and over 6,100 teeth were sealed. The program currently operates in 29 elementary schools located across the county.
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 to hundreds of residents throughout the county.