No-Cost Cavity Prevention Clinic Peregrine Elementary Forms Due Nov 29; Sealant clinic Nov 29

  • Dear Parent/Guardian:

    Central District Health Department (CDHD) is pleased to offer a cavity-prevention clinic to all children at your child’s school. The clinic will apply dental sealants and fluoride varnish, which significantly help prevent cavities. There is no cost to participate in this clinic! If your child is covered by Idaho Smiles, Medicaid, or dental insurance, the insurance may be billed, but there will be no cost to you.

    ✓ If your child already has sealants, please sign them up to make sure their sealants are in good shape and for any needed repairs.

    ✓ Children with braces can still receive sealants and fluoride varnish.

    ✓ Children who attend the clinic will receive a toothbrush, timer and other fun items, and will bring home information to let you know what services they received.

     

    Your child can only receive these services if you complete and return the attached permission form. Please return the form quickly to your child’s teacher or the school office. Be sure to mark “YES” or “NO” and sign the form.

     

    Complete the online form (below)

    No-Cost Cavity Protection Clinic Online Form

    or download and print the form (below).

     

    Complete it and turn it by November 29.

  • Frequently Asked Questions:

    WHAT ARE DENTAL SEALANTS?

    Sealants are a simple, pain free way to help prevent cavities. Sealants are a thin, protective coating that is painted on the chewing surfaces of back teeth.

     

    WILL SEALANTS PROTECT MY CHILD FROM EVER HAVING CAVITIES?

    Sealants only protect the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. However, studies show that 84% of tooth decay in children occurs on these surfaces. Without sealants, 75% of lower first permanent molars decay by age 13. So, while sealants do not completely protect your child from tooth decay, they significantly reduce the chances of decay.

     

    IF MY CHILD ALREADY HAS SEALANTS OR PARTICIPATED IN THIS CLINIC LAST YEAR, SHOULD THEY PARTICIPATE AGAIN THIS YEAR?

    Yes! We will recheck previously placed sealants, and repair or replace any that are damaged or missing. And they may have additional teeth that are now ready for sealants, which we will also evaluate and treat.

     

    DOES IT HURT TO HAVE SEALANTS OR FLUORIDE VARNISH APPLIED?

    No, both are painless. No drilling or shots are involved. The CDHD clinic staff willmake sure your child is well cared for and that they havea positive visit.

     

    WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

    ➢ Visit cdhd.idaho.gov/hl-oralhealth.php

    ➢ Email sellis@cdhd.idaho.gov

    ➢ Call (208) 327-8612

    Note: This clinic does not include teeth cleaning. Please be sure your child has regular dental check-ups.