School Nurses and Administrators

Did you know that tooth decay is the most chronic childhood disease? 67% of Texas third graders have experienced tooth decay.
Left untreated tooth decay can lead to:

  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Missed school

Texas children need you!

School nurses can help combat this chronic and very treatable disease by hosting a Smiles in Schools event and integrating oral health education into school health programs.

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A message from the Public Health Dental Director 


Smiles in Schools (SiS)

SiS is a state public health program. There is no cost for the school or child. Parents receive a results form to help them understand the dental needs of their child. The results form also tells the parent what they should do next. SiS uses licensed dental professionals and mobile dental equipment. They come to your campus with everything they need to conduct the clinic.  Watch this video to learn more.

Preventive services include:

  • Oral health education
  • Dental screening
  • Dental sealants
  • Fluoride varnish

Note: The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) promotes the Dental Home. Services provided by DSHS regional dental teams do not replace regular visits to the dentist. 

Interested in hosting a Smiles in Schools dental clinic?

The school nurse plays a pivotal role in the success of these clinics. Regional dental teams (RDTs) need the assistance of the school nurse or other staff member to obtain the appropriate permissions from parents. The forms also help the team to prepare for the clinic so that it is quick and efficient. 

Nurses: Click here to learn more about oral health and learning and what you need to do to host an SiS event

Parents: Click here to learn more about how your child can participate. A signed form is required to receive services.
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SiS Nurse Toolkit

The SiS toolkit contains resources to answer your questions and make the process simple. The toolkit includes a:

To start planning a SiS dental clinic, contact your regional dental team. For more information about the SiS program, visit the SiS page here.

How Can the School Nurse and Teachers Promote Good Oral Health?

  • By arranging an oral health prevention clinic
  • By displaying dental health posters
  • By working with school administrators and parents to provide healthy food and drinks in school vending machines
  • By making oral health a part of health classes: teach students how to brush, floss, and make healthy food and drink choices.

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Last updated February 4, 2020