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Dental Care

Our dental program provides preventive and corrective treatment services to ensure the oral health of our young clients.  The main cause of dental problems in children is tooth decay.  Even when tooth decay is in its earliest stage, it can be detected by a dental exam.  This is the best time for treatment.

Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic infectious diseases among U.S. children.  This preventable health problem begins early

  • Twenty-Eight percent (28%) of children, aged 2-5 years, have already had decay in their primary (baby) teeth.
  • Approximately half of all children have experienced decay by the age of 11
  • Tooth decay in the permanent teeth affects two-thirds of adolescents by the age of 19
  • Low-income children have twice as much untreated decay as children in families with higher incomes

This may result in pain, dysfunction, underweight, and poor appearance.  These are problems that can greatly reduce a child’s capacity to succeed in the educational environment.

Things to Know

Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale Counties have two dental programs for children.

Dental clinics are located in each public health center, providing care for children including:

  • Exams
  • Cleanings
  • X-rays
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Fillings

School Dental Prevention Program for Children

  • Dentists and Hygienists make visits to schools and provide screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, and referrals as needed
  • Dental Health Education Program for Schools
  • Plaque Awareness Presentations covering bacterial plaque, oral disease prevention, relationships to systemic health, proper tooth brushing and flossing skills, tooth types, anatomy and function, healthy snacking, and the consequences of tobacco usage
  • Awareness presentations covering tobacco as a “poisonous” plant; the scary ingredients in nicotine products; false-advertising for cigarettes, snuff, and other tobacco products; smoking versus chewing; oral and system effects; and how to just say, “No Way!”