Across the state, dental health organizations and professionals are working with schools to ensure that every student in Oregon has access to oral health education, prevention, and care.
This page is dedicated to the oral health of children in grades K-12. Materials for parents and educators are at the top of the page.
If you are a dental professional or school system employee interested in the school sealant programs, please scroll to the bottom of the page.
Oral Health Curriculum
Activities, brushing charts, book lists, experiments, handouts, math worksheets, etc. relating to added sugars, the effect of acid on teeth, benefits of brushing/flossing/fluoride for grades K-6.
Parenting is complicated, but your child's
oral health doesn't have to be. Use the resources below to help your child make brushing and flossing a daily habit.
Fast Facts for Parents - English and Spanish
Tooth Fairy Tips: Information and Print Outs for Parents - English and Spanish
Books for Read-at-home
Reading with your child is an important step towards literacy. Add books about teeth to 'brush up' on oral health for the whole family.
Quick information - easy to print now and read after bedtime. Remember that you set a key example for your child, so modeling how to keep your mouth healthy is so important!
Sealants are a safe and effective way to prevent cavities. Sealants are a barrier that are placed over the pits of back teeth in order to prevent food from sticking in the grooves, which can contribute to tooth decay and cavities.
Many dental care organizations are working in schools to provide sealants to students without needing a trip to the dentist. Signing consent forms is key to making your student eligible for sealants.
Oregon Health Authority - School Based Health Center Sealant Program - Training and information
Fluoride is an easy way to prevent cavities at a young age. Children of all ages, especially those with high risk of early childhood caries (cavities), can benefit from fluoride varnish application. This topical treatment is a quick procedure in which fluoride is applied to the teeth with a brush by a health professional.
Fluoride varnish can be applied up to four times a year, though children with less risk of caries may not need that many applications. Fluoride varnish comes in many flavors, including bubble gum, caramel, and strawberry.
While children can receive fluoride varnish applications during regular dental visits, more and more medical providers are becoming certified to apply fluoride varnish.