School Based Dental Program

Smiles in Schools

 

 

The Smiles in Schools Program (SiS) helps prevent cavities and keep kids healthy. SiS works with schools and preschools to set up oral health prevention clinics on campus. The clinics provide services to students from vulnerable populations who may be considered at high risk for developing tooth decay.  SiS video thumb

Our goal is to:  

  • Help prevent cavities 

  • Educate students 

  • Inform parents 

  • Collect oral health data 

Learning the Facts 

How big of a problem is tooth decay? 

Over 67% of Texas 3rd graders have experienced tooth decay. Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, but the good news is that it is preventable. 

Basic Screening Survey of Texas Children Begins Fall 2022 

The Texas Oral Health Basic Screening Survey begins in the 2022-2023 school year. To learn more, visit our Oral Health by the Numbers page.  

Our Services

Awareness today can create a healthier tomorrow for our children. Smiles in Schools (SiS) provides school-based dental clinics in schools and preschools. Read more about these clinics. Contact the regional dental team in your area to start planning an SiS clinic.  

What services are available? 

  • Oral health education 

  • Dental screenings 

  • Dental sealants 

  • Fluoride varnish 

Who provides these services? 

DSHS Regional Dental teams provide services throughout Texas. These teams work with the school nurse or administrator to coordinate the clinic. If you are a school nurse or administrator, learn more about hosting an SiS dental clinic.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) promotes the Dental Home. Services provided by DSHS regional dental teams do not replace regular visits to the dentist. 

What We Do 

Collect & Report Data
Education
Consult & Educate