Tooth decay or a cavity, is a preventable infection caused by the bacteria in our mouths that produce acids from the sugars we eat. The acids can destroy tooth structure.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood. It occurs more frequently than asthma or hay fever. Early tooth loss caused by dental decay can result in impaired speech development, absence from and inability to concentrate in school, and reduced self-esteem.
Ninety percent of tooth decay occurs in the pits and fissures on the chewing surfaces of our first and second molars (back teeth). Sealants are most effective when placed on those molars soon after they erupt at ages 6 and 12.
Advantages of School-Based Dental Programs
Programs are conducted in the schools by oral health professionals.
Dental statistics are collected for state and county agencies. This aids in evaluating dental health inan area and helps to secure funding from state government programs.
Identification and treatment are provided for students with dental needs that have not been addressed.
Long-term relationships are developed with participating schools.
Quality-of-care and follow-up are provided for earlier placed dental sealants.
Serving Central Illinois Since 1998
All Kids School-Based Dental Program Dental Sealants and More 2126 N. University Street Peoria, Illinois 61604 Phone: 309-339-9217