The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (DOH-Okaloosa)  has launched a new program focusing on dental care and education at six Title I elementary schools in the county.

The school-based program allows dental hygienists to go to the schools and provide dental cleanings, fluoride, sealants and oral hygiene education to students.

“Oral health affects our ability to speak, smile, eat and show emotions, but it is also linked to chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease,” said Dr. Karen A. Chapman, Director of DOH-Okaloosa in a press release from the agency. “That is why it’s important to make sure kids know how to properly take care of their teeth and to go to the dentist routinely.”

DOH-Okaloosa will be providing cleanings, fluoride and sealants at the following schools and grades:

Bob Sikes Elementary (2nd grade, 5th grade)
Florosa Elementary (2nd grade, 5th grade)
Kenwood Elementary (2nd grade, 5th grade)
Mary Esther Elementary (2nd grade, 5th grade)
Northwood Elementary (2nd grade, 5th grade)
Southside Primary (kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade)

Oral hygiene education will be provided to all grades.

Title I schools are those with a large low-income student population.

For more information regarding this program, please call 850-603-6489 or visit