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  • Cavity Free at 3

     

    Every child in Colorado should have access to oral health services to prevent dental disease early in life.

    Dental disease is the #1 disease of childhood, but it is preventable.

    Jefferson County Public Health continues to partner with Registered Dental Hygienists, Public Health Nurses and others to improve the oral health of Jefferson County’s children. The JCPH Cavity Free at 3 Program recognizes that the dental needs of some of Colorado’s most vulnerable populations: low-income, pregnant women and very young children up to 5 years of age, often go unmet.

    Studies show that entering school with significant dental issues can seriously contribute to learning problems as well as decreased self-esteem. The Cavity Free at 3 Program provides early interventions to help with these issues as well as other potential health problems caused by cavities.

    It works to prevent cavities, catch them early if they have already developed, and ensure that all children have a regular source of dental care starting at age one. Over 1,000 WIC and Head Start clients partake in oral screenings, cavity prevention education, fluoride varnish treatments and dental referrals each year. With volunteer Registered Dental Hygienists providing these services free of charge in convenient places, this program has become very popular.

    They are working hard to continue expanding these services in order to help keep healthy smiles on the faces of even more children each year.

    For information about the statewide oral health program, please visit cavityfreeatthree.org. View exit disclaimer policy page for links to third-party websites.

    To learn more about JCPH's Cavity Free @ 3, call 303-232-6301. 

     

    Last Updated: 8-20-2014