The Oral Health Program works with WV Public Schools to administer the Fluoride Rinse Project. The purpose of this project is to make the benefits of topical fluoride available to the children in schools as a preventive measure to reduce the incidence of dental decay. Tooth decay, also called dental caries, is a public health problem that is nearly 100% preventable.
This 30 week project is designed for school nurses, teachers, other responsible school personnel, or volunteers to administer the weekly treatment to students from grade one to six. The project requires little time, minimal orientation and supplies but has a huge benefit for the children who participate. All supplies for the Fluoride Rinse Project are provided free of charge. (Fluoride Rinse Project Manual for School Personnel)
The battle against tooth decay is ongoing. Dental treatment provides an essential defensive maneuver, but the procedure of choice is prevention. Prevention is more effective over the long term and is unquestionably more economical. The project is not intended to take the place of regular dental care and preventive procedures in the private dental office. Actually, the Project should promote the utilization of dental services by promoting an awareness and concern for better dental health for the children.
The sodium fluoride oral rinse procedure is an effective caries prevention strategy which is simple to execute, relatively inexpensive, adaptable to large numbers of children, and complementary to existing professional dental programs.
If you would like more information about the Fluoride Rinse Project or would like information on how to start the program in your school, please submit an inquiry via the Contact Us
section of this website, or call the Oral Health Program at 1-800-642-8522.