The UF Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science coordinates dental outreach programs to promote the oral health of Alachua County's children through education and preventive dental care.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, disproportionately affecting those from lower income backgrounds. Our community outreach programs serve children at greatest risk for tooth decay as determined by annual oral health screenings conducted in Alachua County. Our dental outreach efforts include:
- School-based Dental Sealant Programs at Title 1 Public Schools
- Head Start Fluoride Varnish Programs
- Summer Toothbrush Programs with 21st Century Community Learning Centers
- Saving Smilies Program with Community Partners
UF dental students, Santa Fe College dental hygiene students, and Santa Fe dental assisting students actively participate in our programs through service-learning opportunities, donating over 900 volunteer hours each year.