Learn how to protect your child’s teeth from cavities. For instance, did you know that until your child is 7 or 8, you should help them brush their teeth and floss?
About the Oral Health Improvement Program (OHIP)
Oral health is the term we use to refer to the health of everything inside your mouth -- not just your teeth. It’s surprising for people to learn that good oral health is critical to overall health. Tooth decay and gum disease not only lead to tooth loss but can impact your general life. Dental health issues are associated with heart disease, stroke, arthritis, and diabetes.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among U.S. children. More than 67% of Texas 3rd graders have experienced tooth decay.
What We Do
Programs & Services
School nurses can help combat this chronic and very treatable disease by hosting a Smiles in Schools event and integrating oral health education into school health programs.
Fluoride is a natural mineral found in the earth’s crust. It strengthens tooth enamel and can help prevent tooth decay in children and adults.