School Nurses and Administrators

Did you know that tooth decay is the most chronic childhood disease? And 67% of Texas third graders have experienced tooth decay. Left untreated tooth decay can lead to:

  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Missed school

Texas children need you!

School nurses can help combat this chronic and very treatable disease. Watch the video to learn more about how Smiles in Schools helps prevent cavities and keep kids healthy.

Smiles in Schools (SiS)

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Click the play button to watch the SiS video. 

SiS is a state public health program. There is no cost for the school or child. Parents receive a results form to help them understand the dental needs of their child. The results form also tells the parent what they should do next.

SiS uses licensed dental professionals and mobile dental equipment. They come to your campus with everything they need to conduct the clinic.

Preventive services include:

  • Oral health education
  • Dental screening
  • Dental sealants
  • Fluoride varnish

Interested in hosting a Smiles in Schools dental clinic?

The school nurse plays a pivotal role in the success of these clinics. Regional dental teams (RDTs) need the assistance of the school nurse or other staff member to obtain the appropriate permissions from parents. The forms also help the team to prepare for the clinic so that it is quick and efficient.

*Only students with signed permission forms may participate in the dental clinic.

Play a video to learn more about what to expect at an SiS clinic.

 For Nurses

 For Parents

 School-based dental clinic informational video parent video w button

SiS Toolkit

To start planning a SiS dental clinic, contact your regional dental team.

For more information about the SiS program, visit the SiS page here.

Clinic Introduction

Clinic Resources

Smiles in Schools Overview Parent Permission Form 
Welcome Letter from the State Dental Director
Parent Permission Flyer
 It’s Hard to make A’s with a Toothache A dentist is coming to your school!
 MOU Form Face Page Sample of Results Form
  SiS postcard
  Dental Sealant and Fluoride Varnish Poster
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How Can the School Nurse and Teachers Promote Good Oral Health?

  • By arranging an oral health prevention clinics
  • By displaying dental health posters
  • By working with school administrators and parents to provide healthy food and drinks in school vending machines
  • By making oral health a part of health classes: teach students how to brush, floss, and make healthy food and drink choices



Last updated October 18, 2019