Learn more about the Health Department’s leadership team, under the direction of District Director of Health Lynne M. Saddler.
During the 2015-2016 school year, the Oral Health Program did more than 2,000 oral health assessments for Northern Kentucky children. Staff also provided more than 1,200 cleanings, applied fluoride varnish almost 2,000 times, and placed more than 2,000 dental sealants.
Dental Prevention Program
Schools with at least 45 percent of their students on free or reduced lunch qualify for this program. A licensed public health dental hygienist examines the student's teeth, and then she and a dental assistant from the Health Department place protective dental sealants on the molars of children that show a need, provide dental cleanings, and apply fluoride to strengthen the teeth.
If tooth decay is found, students are referred to a dentist and the school nurse, family resource center and the Health Department follows up.
A strong oral health education curriculum is taught alongside the program which is currently affiliated with 29 area schools.
For more information on the sealant program, please read the fact sheet, program overview handout or contact Linda Poynter.
Fluoride varnish program
Fluoride treatments are used to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities. The Health Department began the fluoride varnish program in 2003 by training all nurses to apply the varnish in the health centers. The program has expanded into all area Head Start facilities, area elementary and preschools, and community early learning centers where Public Health Dental Hygienists apply the varnish on children up through age 6. Experts recommend fluoride varnish treatments starting as soon as the baby teeth erupt and every 3-4 months afterward. For more information on the fluoride varnish program, please read our fact sheet, program overview handout or contact Linda Poynter.
The program will be in 13 locations in the 2016-2017 school year.
Thank you to the following organizations for providing funding or materials to support the oral health program:
Oral Health America is supporting the oral health program again for the 2016-2017 school year, donating fluoride varnish and sealant materials.
A grant from the United Way of Greater Cincinnati will help to reduce the costs to families for oral health services.
A grant from Interact for Health provided boxes with oral health education materials for all participating sites.
Information for school staff who will be coordinating the oral health program in their respective schools: