National Children's Dental Health Month
February is National Children's Dental Health Month. According to the Office of the Surgeon General, more than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related conditions. The American Dental Association recommends children brush their teen twice a day with a fluoride toothpase, clean between their teeth daily and eat a healthy diet. It is also recommended that children visit the dentist twice a year for prevention and treatment of oral diseases.
The Beaverton School District recognizes that many families do not have access to regular, quality dental care. The District works with partner Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center (VGMHC) to provide dental sealants to students at several schools. Dental sealants are a little bit of resin that covers up the vulnerable areas of the tooth. They prevent food from getting stuck in those creases and reduce the number of cavities by up to 90%.
VGMHC also operates a weekly dental clinic at the School-Based Health Center across from the main campus of Beaverton High School. Visit the center's webpage for more information.
Many of our schools participate in other preventative and dental care programs with our community partners.