Helping students get the oral health care they need right at school.
Our School-Based Oral Health Program Services
School-Based Oral Health Program
Our school-based oral health program provides oral health services for students in our target schools during the school day. We can provide services like:
- dental exams
- fluoride varnish
- silver diamine fluoride
- oral health education on proper brushing and hygiene
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is a treatment to prevent, slow, or stop tooth decay. Using SDF can avoid the need to remove decay and fill a tooth. Applying SDF is easy. It is painless, and no local anesthesia is needed.
Sealants & Fluoride Varnishes
We put a special dental coating on your teeth to protect them. This also helps prevent disease.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up for the School-Based Oral Health Program?
Sign up by filling out a consent form and turning it in to your school. Consent forms are sent home from you child's school.
What if my child needs care beyond what the school-based oral health program offers?
Students can be seen at one of our larger health centers for more complex dental treatments.
Do you take my insurance?
We accept Medicare, Medicaid, Medicaid Managed-Care like Buckeye, Paramount, Molina, CareSource, and most commercial insurance.
I don’t have insurance. How much does it cost?
Patients pay based on what they can afford. Our team can explain the Sliding Fee Scale and help you apply to receive a discount. We can also help you find out what kind of insurance you may be eligible to apply for, including Medicare and the Insurance Marketplace.
Tooth decay: what causes it and how can I prevent it?
Germs in the mouth use the sugar in food to make acids. Over time, the acids can make little holes in the tooth. Back teeth are more likely to decay because they have lots of pits and grooves for germs to hide.
Fluoride can help. If your drinking water doesn’t have fluoride in it (about ⅔ of the US does) we can give you a supplement. Regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste, combined with sealants, is the best way to prevent almost all tooth decay.
Dental sealants: what are they and do I need them?
Sealants are a simple and painless way to protect your teeth. Fluoride in toothpaste and drinking water help your teeth stay strong, but back teeth need more help. First, the thin, plastic coating is painted on your back teeth. In a few seconds, it hardens. It works like a shield for your teeth and lasts about 10 years. Sealants can start being placed in 6 year old molars. Teenagers and young adults may also need sealants. Sealants save time and money since you are less likely to need special care later.