Oral Health Programs
Oral disease is a major health problem for Kentuckians. Much of this problem can be prevented through primary prevention efforts, including community water fluoridation, the application of dental sealants and fluoride varnish, oral cancer screenings, and routine dental care as well as oral health education and health promotion.
The prevalence of Early Childhood Caries (ECC – formerly called Baby Bottle Tooth Decay) is noted to be very high in Kentucky compared to national studies; the prevalence has increased dramatically from surveys in 1987 to 2001 – particularly among poor and near poor Kentuckians.
See the Kentucky Oral Health Strategic Plan (70 pages)
JCHD is proud to partner with a local dentist to provide dental sealants, thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay, to qualifying Jessamine County students. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves.
- Cannot have had a dental visits within the last year
- Cannot have a MCO (Medicaid) provider or private dental insurance
- Must be in 2nd grade
- To learn more click here: http://www.cdc.gov/OralHealth/publications/faqs/sealants.htm
JCHD offers Fluoride Varnish through our Clinic, HANDS program and in the community through School-Based Programming. Fluoride Varnish is a quick and easy application of fluoride that will help prevent tooth decay in children who have the eruption of their first tooth through age 6. The Fluoride Varnish should be applied every 6 months either through your clinic visit, through the schools (if your child attends the Jessamine County Early Learning Village or one of the 6 Jessamine County Elementary schools), or during your HANDS Visit. If your child is enrolled in the Medicaid Program then there is no charge. Please ask your provider for more information.
To learn more click here: http://www.astdd.org/docs/Sept2007FINALFlvarnishpaper.pdf