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Parents & School Staff

It was a tough year with COVID-19, but let’s move on to keep our kids healthy!  For oral health education opportunities, please continue to READ MORE!

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Fluoride can be added or removed from water to bring fluoride to the optimum level for oral health.

Water Fluoridation

Fluoride can be added or removed from water to bring fluoride to the optimum level for oral health.  Fluoride at optimum levels produces a 25% decrease in cavities.

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School Sealant Programs

In a school dental sealant program, sealants are provided by licensed dental professionals using portable equipment within the school setting.  These programs can prevent 50% of cavities.

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Prevention Matters

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states there are two measures that improve oral health in a community – Community Water Fluoridation and School Dental Sealant Programs.

Oregon was recognized by the Pew Charitable Trusts (2015) as one of the top three states for school dental sealant programs (SDSPs), but ranks 48 out of 50 states in access to optimally fluoridated water.

Due to COVID-19 restraints in the schools, the OrOHC K-12 Committee is focusing on promoting access to oral health information. SDSPs will resume providing services in the K-12 schools as soon as possible.