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Reaching the Texas dental goals of healthy people 2010.

Abstract

BACKGROUND
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has promoted Healthy People 2010, which is a set of national health objectives for the nation to achieve over the first decade of the new century (1). Texas has not yet met its target of 50 percent of 8-year-old children with dental sealants having been placed on their 6-year molars, which is one of the Healthy People 2010 goals. An assessment of the dental needs of children in Tarrant County, Texas, was initiated by the JPS Health Network (named after John Peter Smith). The JPS Health Network established the Healthy Smiles program to address the dental needs of the students in this county because a school based dental sealant program would be effective in reducing dental decay.
METHODS
Approved Title One elementary schools in Tarrant County were scheduled for dental screenings, education, and fluoride and dental sealant applications. Students were given visual dental screenings and classified as to future dental needs. First grade students received fluoride varnish and second and third grade students received fluoride and dental sealants.
RESULTS
For the 2010-2011 school year: A total of 28,322 students were seen by dental professionals from the JPS Health Network; 8,348 dental sealants were placed; and 11,825 fluoride applications were given by dental staff.
CONCLUSIONS
The JPS Health Network Healthy Smiles Program proved to be an effective way to deliver oral preventive care and dental education to a large number of low-income students.
CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS
Dental caries prevention programs such as Healthy Smiles could help Texas reach its goals for improved oral health for the children of Texas.

Authors

Devine B

Institution

JPS Health Network, Tarrant County, Texas, USA.

Source

Texas dental journal 128:12 2011 Dec pg 1255-9

MeSH

Adolescent
Cariostatic Agents
Child
Community Networks
Dental Care for Children
Dental Caries
Fluorides, Topical
Health Education, Dental
Health Plan Implementation
Healthy People Programs
Humans
Mass Screening
Needs Assessment
Oral Hygiene
Pit and Fissure Sealants
Poverty
School Dentistry
Self Care
Texas
United States

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22375443