Dental program offers oral screening for students


Treatment • North Central District Health Department personnel applies a fluoride treatment to a Summerland student.

The Miles of Smiles program is a school-based dental program offered to all 35 elementary and middle school students within North Central District Health Department's nine-county health district. Miles of Smiles offers a complete oral screening done by a registered dental hygienist, along with an application of an optional fluoride treatment. Even if an individual sees a dentist every six months, this program can still aid a child's dental care.

According to the American Dental Association, fluoride can help decrease further cavity development by 38% and should be applied four to six times...

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