Dental Screening and Prevention Services
Services are conducted by Public Health Nurses and include comprehensive health screening for newly arrived immigrants and refugees of all ages. Oral health education, screening and assessments are offered as part of the overall screening and are conducted by a Public Health Registered Dental Hygienist.
Community Sealant Programs
Dental Sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to pits and fissures (grooves) on chewing surfaces of permanent molars to protect teeth from dental decay. About 90% of tooth decay in children's permanent teeth occurs in these pits and fissures. Dental Sealants
are effective both in preventing tooth decay and in stopping the progression of tooth decay.
Fluoride Supplement Program
Public Health Madison & Dane County, in cooperation with the Dane County Dental Society, offers supplemental fluoride to Dane County children ages 6 months to 14 years in areas where there is no fluoride in the drinking water. Although most Dane County cities and villages add fluoride to their water supplies, families that have their own private wells may have very little fluoride in their water.
Most bottled water does not contain fluoride. Check the label on the bottle to see if fluoride is contained in the water.
The combination of fluoride and dental sealants can help strengthen teeth and protect them from decay.