Services Available Through the Oral Health Program to Prevent Dental Disease
- Assistance to communities with fluoridation of their water supply systems.
- Limited oral evaluations and fissure sealants provided to children who qualify in schools in a selected area.
- Limited oral evaluations and fluoride varnish and treatment to children who qualify in selected Head Start Centers.
Texas Fluoridation Program
Oral Health Program School-Based Dental Sealant Program
The Public Health Dental Program offers a program that involves the use of dental sealants. The placement of a sealant is a simple, painless technique that places a barrier between food and the teeth, thereby preventing tooth decay.
A sealant is a plastic coating that covers and protects the chewing surface of the tooth without creating any discomfort and is applied by a dentist or dental hygienist.
Statistics show that sealants have helped decrease tooth decay by 90% when applied at the right time. The sealants program is a free service available in selected areas of the state for preschool and school-aged children who qualify.
Where To Go For More Information:
In addition to the state office in Austin, the Department of State Health Services has regional offices. If you want more information about dental programs in your area, contact the regional office nearest you.