Visits by NAU students help children prevent tooth decay, reduce school absences

| June 1, 2016

By Northern Arizona University

A Northern Arizona University dental hygiene outreach program is credited with helping reduce tooth decay among area children.

Several times each year, NAU dental hygiene students visit child care centers to provide oral health screenings, education and fluoride varnishes. The outreach is part of the Coconino County Smart Smiles Program.

A new report showed Arizona reduced the percentage of kindergarteners with untreated decay by eight percent compared with findings in a 2003 report.

The study, “Taking a Bite Out of School Absences: Children’s Oral Health Report 2016,” was conducted by the Arizona Department of Health Services and First Things First, a statewide group promoting early childhood health and education.

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