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Championing Oral Health in Schools

School-based health centers provide access to a wide range of services, including primary medical care, mental/behavioral health care, dental care, health education, substance abuse counseling, case management and nutrition education. There are a number of advantages to offering health services in schools.  It makes it easier for students to receive care because they don’t have to travel to an appointment. Parents do not have to take off time from work to bring their child to the health care provider, and students do not miss hours of school time sitting in a provider’s office.

There is a variety of opportunities for dental practitioners and others interested in the oral health of children to participate in school-based oral health programs and activities. Below is information on venues and resources.

Resources on School-Based Oral Health

For more information please contact:

Tooka Zokaie, MPH, CPH
Manager, Fluoridation and Preventive Health Activities
Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention