In February, Nevada County celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month (NCDHM) with the help of its Local Oral Health Program (LOHP). This program is dedicated to improving dental health for residents by focusing on preventing cavities in children through education, resources, and school-based screenings.
Tooth decay is a leading cause of school absences and affects one in four American children. The LOHP provides school-based dental screenings to ensure that children have good oral health before entering school and connects them with a dental home if necessary.
In addition to brushing and flossing, cavity prevention requires regular checkups, cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealants. During NCDHM, the LOHP will be offering sealants to third graders for the first time as part of its school-based oral health program. These sealants will protect their back teeth and reduce cavities by 80%.
The LOHP staff also provide oral health education during screenings by showing students how to brush and floss correctly. Third graders are a priority for the program because this is the age when molars come out and they are becoming more responsible for their oral hygiene.
Expanding the program and making preventative services more available is helping address barriers to good oral health for children and families in Nevada County. To learn more about preventing tooth decay or accessing oral health resources, visit www.SmileNevadaCounty.com.