For Schools

Tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood in the United States. Poor oral health can have a detrimental effect on children’s quality of life, their performance at school, and their success later in life. Tooth decay is preventable and ensuring that students have the preventative oral health services they need in school is important in helping them stay healthy and ready to learn. For additional school resources, please see the information below.

Kids Laying Head-to-Head in a Circle

Smile, California

Smile, California - Kid-Friendly Material

Merced County K-6 Curriculum

A Dental Health Curriculum for Students in Grades K-6 (Merced County) (PDF)

School-Based and School-Linked Dental Sealant Program

School-Based Dental Sealant ProgramSchool-Linked Dental Sealant Program
  • Conducted within a school setting.
  • Dental Providers who are not school employees use portable dental equipment or a fixed facility within the school to conduct the school sealant program.
  • Collaborate with schools to deliver the sealants at a site outside of the school such as a clinic or dental office.