School Oral Health Programs

Schools can play a key role in addressing missed school days and improving their student’s success. School oral health programs such as the Kindergarten Oral Health Assessment (KOHA) and sealant programs help keep students healthy and ready to learn by focusing on oral health prevention and programmic strategies to link students to a dental home. 

Planning  

Approaches to keep in mind when collaborating and coordinating a new school program. 

Communication

Talking points and presentations to promote the importance of oral health to children’s ability to learn.

Policy 

Laws and recommendations to meet KOHA and school-linked/-based models of care delivery.

 

Curriculum

Materials and curricula for dental professionals for dental public health settings.

 

    Equipment

    Guidance and supplies needed for school programs.

     

    Data Collection

    Surveillance systems and KOHA forms to report data collected and run reports. 

    Handbooks

    Examples of KOHA handbooks created by counties. 

      Workgroups

      Learning communities to develop materials for screening and sealant programs.