Oral Health

Oral care is important to prevent oral diseases and disorders. Oral problems can affect well-being and total body health throughout life. Tooth decay (cavities) is the most common chronic infectious disease found in children; and the most preventable. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with playing, eating, speaking, and learning. Steps to prevent and treat tooth decay can be implemented early in life through using the combination of dental sealants, fluoride, nutrition, and good oral care habits. Other oral problems can lead to larger problems, making it vitally important to take care of your mouth.

Learn more about oral care for your child by reviewing the brochure called Dental Health for Your Child. We have it available in three languages. Please click the appropriate language choice to access the brochure

Healthy Smiles For Portage County

What are Healthy Smiles for Portage County?

Healthy Smiles for Portage County operates under the direction of the Family Health La Clinica. The program is funded through grants and local donations. It has a primary focus on prevention. The program addresses prevention through outreach, education, fluoride varnish placement, and sealant placement. The program is a school-based, school-linked dental sealant and fluoride varnish program in which portable dental equipment is taken to area schools and early childhood centers. Children's teeth are screened and then sealants or fluoride varnish are placed on appropriate teeth. This program helps to eliminate barriers, when accessing dental care, for children with unmet and/or urgent dental needs.

Healthy Smiles for Portage County is a Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile program. Please visit the Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin Website for the Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile video.