School-Based Dental Program "Bright Smiles for Healthy Futures"
Bringing convenient and quality dental care to serve you and your child!
Taking care of your child's teeth and gums is important. Healthy mouth and teeth are an important part of a child's overall wellness. Speech, the ability to concentrate and learn, nutrition, and self-esteem are directly tied to the condition of the mouth. Untreated tooth decay in children and teens can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning. Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases affecting children and teens; it is more common than hay fever or asthma. Adding a dental professional as a resource to your medical support system can provide ongoing peace of mind for your entire family.
There is good news…tooth decay is preventable!
All dental services are provided by an experienced, dedicated dental team who put your comfort as a top priority
- Oral Prophylaxis
- Fluoride Varnish
- Referral Management
- Case Management/Patient Navigation
- SDF application
A Few Dental Facts • More than half of children aged 6 to 8 have had a cavity in at least one of their baby (primary) teeth. • More than half of adolescents aged 12 to 19 have had a cavity in at least one of their permanent teeth. • Children aged 5 to 19 years from low-income families are twice as likely (25%) to have cavities, compared with children from higher-income households (11%). • The average % of Children with no Dental Visit in Bamberg, Calhoun and Orangeburg Counties is 48%.
What Can You Do? For Babies Wipe gums twice a day with a soft, clean cloth in the morning after the first feeding and right before bed to wipe away bacteria and sugars that can cause cavities. • When teeth come in, start brushing twice a day with a soft, small bristled toothbrush and plain water. • Visit the dentist by your baby's first birthday to spot signs of problems early. • Talk to your dentist or doctor about putting fluoride varnish on your child's teeth as soon as the first tooth appears.
What Can You Do? For Children •Brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. • Help your child brush their teeth until they have good brushing skills. • Ask your child's dentist to apply dental sealants when appropriate. • Drink tap water that contains fluoride.