The “Kids Smile” Dental Prevention Program offers your child the opportunity to receive dental preventive treatments at little or no cost to you through their school. The “Kids Smile” program will provide a visual dental health screening and may apply preventive fluoride varnish and/or sealants to teeth when appropriate. These practices reduce tooth decay and help your child develop good dental health habits. A report or referral of findings and treatment will be sent home after each visit. The visual screening is not a diagnosis or a treatment plan and serious oral health problems may be overlooked. If you have concerns or your child is experiencing dental pain, you will need to make an appointment with a dentist for a comprehensive examination.
Dental health education and preventive treatments are important! The Oregon Smile Survey 2012 found that a little more than half of children, ages 6 to 9 in 2012 already had a cavity, and one in five had untreated decay. Dental disease, if left untreated, can cause pain, infection, loss of teeth, and can lead to chronic health problems later in life.
The dental screening and education is open to ALL children regardless of income or insurance status. If you would like your child to receive these services, sign up at your child’s school or contact us at (541) 295-8070.