I-SMILE @ SCHOOL
I-Smile @ School provides dental screenings, dental sealants, fluoride varnish, and oral health education for elementary and middle school students. For school aged children, 80-90 percent of tooth decay, or cavities, occur on the chewing surfaces of the molar (back) teeth. Placing dental sealants on these teeth greatly lowers the chance that those teeth will get tooth decay.
The Iowa Department of Public Health funds 19 I-Smile @ School programs. These programs are administered by local Title V child health agencies and target schools with a minimum of 40 percent free and reduced lunch rates.
This dental program takes place during the school day, but students miss very little class time. By providing dental services in a school setting, we are better able to reach children with important preventive care. In the end, they will experience fewer cavities, which helps them concentrate on learning instead of mouth pain.
I-Smile @ School Oral Health Coordinator: Katherine Smith
Appanoose, Davis, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Van Buren and Wapello Counties