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What is the Smiling Schools program?

The newest addition to the Healthy Smiles Kentucky initiative is a pilot program called Smiling Schools.

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Over the course of the 2011-2012 school year, approximately 25,000 elementary school children in the 16 counties in Appalachia with the greatest need will receive preventive oral health services. This pilot project is made possible through a combination of federal grant funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission and state general fund dollars.

The $1.25 million in state and federal funds will be used to provide a protective tooth varnish treatment to children in first through fifth grade at participating schools in the following counties: Breathitt, Bell, Clay, Elliott, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Knott, Knox, Lee, Magoffin, Menifee, Owsley, Perry, Russell and Wolfe. As part of the pilot program, the Kentucky Oral Health Program will also conduct outreach in Eastern Kentucky to help increase public awareness of the importance of children’s dental health.

Children learn best when they are healthy, and dental health is a key component of overall health. The Smiling Schools program aims to help children meet their full potential in the classroom and beyond.

For more information, please fill out the Contact Us form or contact the Kentucky Oral Health Program at (502) 564-3246.