Children’s Oral Health Project: An Innovative Program for Improving Children’s Oral Health in Lake County. HEALTHY START. Children’s Oral Health Project. About Lake County, CA Project Goal. Project History, Partners and Funders School-based Project Services.
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An Innovative Program for Improving
Children’s Oral Health in Lake County
Total Population: 65,000
3% Native American and
Rural County with about 52 people per square mile
30 miles from North to South end of Clear Lake
County Seat: Lakeport
Population = 5,000
Population = 14,200
1999: Lakeside Health Center
2001: Lake County Tribal Health Clinic
2005: Clearlake Family Health Clinic
Ranked 52nd out of 58 counties in the State for all causes of death (CDPH 2010)
64% of children age 2-5 had never been to the dentist (CHIS 2003)
Project Goal: Improve Children’s Oral Health, targeting low income families through school-based services
In California, an estimated 874,000 school days were missed because of dental-related illness.
Students age 5 to 17 years missed an average of 1.7 days due to acute dental problems.
Children whose family could not afford needed dental care missed more school days.
Project Goal: Improve Children’s Oral Health, targeting low-income families through school-based services
Children who take a test while they have a toothache are unlikely to score as well as children who are undistracted by pain.
Source: UCLA Health Policy Research Brief, Unaffordable Dental Care
Is Linked to Frequent School Absences, N. Pourat and G. Nicholson,
Lake County Office of Education,
Lake County Public Health, Children’s Dental Disease Prevention
Clearlake Family Health Center
Mark Cooper, DDS
Lakeside Health Center (Lakeport) Doug Lewis, DDS
Lake County Tribal Health
First 5 Lake
“When children’s oral health suffers, so does their ability to learn” (NMCOHRC, 2003)
Dental screening and fluoride varnishes at school sites by LCPH Dental Disease Prevention Program
ACCESS Dental Van for treatment, including fluoride varnishes and sealants
Dental chairs with block appointments at rural health clinics with decreased “no shows”
Transportation from school to dental clinic appointments and to sedated dentistry
screenings provided at school sites.
Over 7,480 dental
Over 2,900 sealants & varnishes provided at school sites.
The Lake County Children’s Oral Health Project has provided sustained, consistent, and comprehensive services for 8 years.
Over 700 children transported for multiple trips from school sites for dental appts.
Increase in percentage of children screened who are caries free
Reduction in percentage of preschool children screened with Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Reduction in Average Age of Child’s First Dental Visit at Lakeside Health Center, Dental Clinic
2008 5.9 years
2009 5.3 years
2010 4.4 years
Results of Kindergarten Proof of
Systems of Care
Systems of Care
Joan Reynolds, MSW, Lake County Office of Education, (707) 262-4146, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marta Fuller, RN, Lake County Public Health, (707) 263-1090,email@example.com
Cathy Ferron, MBA, Ferron & Associates, Planning & Evaluation Consultants, (415) 453-5647, firstname.lastname@example.org