At Clay County Public Health Center, registered dental hygienists provide dental screenings, oral health education and fluoride varnish applications for children enrolled in the WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) program. Dental hygienists also provide dental screenings, oral cancer screenings, oral health education and dental referrals to enrolled adults, including prenatal clients.
It’s never too early to start caring for your child’s oral health. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that “all infants receive oral health risk assessments during well-child visits starting at 6 months of age and periodic fluoride varnish application from the time the first tooth erupts…”
Dental Screenings & Oral Health Education
Registered dental hygienists provide free dental screenings to children enrolled in WIC. Dental education for child and caregiver are also provided. Children receive free toothbrush, toothpaste, and oral health handouts.
Registered dental hygienists brush fluoride varnish on children’s teeth. For more information on the benefits of fluoride varnish, please see "Science Behind Fluoride" on the Oral Health Resources page.
Fees for this service are as follows:
Medicaid Insured: No charge for patient
Uninsured: $14 per fluoride varnish application
Private Insurance: Must be applied at a dental office
Pregnancy is a special time during a woman’s life that brings many changes, including changes with oral health. It is important for pregnant woman to care for their oral health and receive dental treatment if needed. Registered dental hygienists educate prenatal clients on the importance of caring for their teeth and their baby’s teeth. For more information, visit the Pregnancy and Oral Health tab on our Oral Health Resources page. You can also ask to speak with a dental hygienist at your next WIC appointment.