School-Based Dental Program
Clay County Public Health Center's school-based dental program provides free dental screenings, oral health education, dental sealants and fluoride varnish applications. Dental screenings and fluoride varnish applications are offered to Clay County schools in the fall and oral health education, fluoride varnish applications and dental sealants are provided in the spring. Only select, eligible schools receive dental sealants.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, dental decay is the most common chronic disease among children yet are preventable by good oral home care and regular dental visits. Clay County Public Health Center’s registered dental hygienists provide free dental screenings to early child centers, preschools and elementary children throughout August-December. Children receive free toothbrush, toothpaste and oral health education materials.
Fluoride Varnish Applications
According to the American Dental Association, fluoride varnish is a dental decay preventive agent. With parental consent, fluoride varnish applications are applied by a registered dental hygienist and trained volunteers. The dental program provides two free applications yearly, approximately 3 to 6 months apart. Fluoride varnish is recommended by the American Pediatric Association to be applied 2-4 times a year once an infant’s first tooth erupts and throughout childhood and adolescent years. Most children, including those with braces, are recommended to receive fluoride varnish applications within the schools and at their dental office. If a child is ineligible for fluoride varnish, a note will be sent home with the child. For more information on the benefits of fluoride varnish, please see "Science Behind Fluoride" on our Oral Health Resources page.