Healthy Teeth Flouride Varnish Program
Healthy teeth amount to more than just a great smile. Untreated dental decay can affect a child's ability to eat, sleep, concentrate, and perform in school. In fact, a staggering 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related illness. In FY 2011, the Healthy Teeth Fluoride Varnish Program initiated by Children's National gave kids in underserved areas the opportunity to receive preventive oral care at their Head Start program, school or primary provider's office, and educated parents about good oral health practices, as well. This comprehensive approach served two important purposes: to eliminate dental decay by making good oral hygiene a daily routine for every child, and a standard component of preventive health care. In FY 2011, over 1,400 parents received oral health education in a small group or individual session; 1,926 fluoride applications were performed; and the 128 children that did not have a dental home at the start of the program were referred to a dental home.