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Oral Health for Children

Oral health is essential to the development and well-being of children. Studies show that children living in low-income, minority communities in Seattle are at highest risk for tooth decay.

The Community Based Oral Health Program, managed by Public Health Seattle & King County, seeks to reduce dental health disparities by providing dental screenings, health education, decay-preventing tooth sealants for 2nd and 3rd-grade students, and referrals to private providers, public health dental clinics and community health center dental clinics.

During the school year, the program sends a team of dental hygienists and dental assistants with portable equipment to 25 public elementary schools, child care centers and Head Start programs in Seattle.

The City of Seattle has funded the Community Based Oral Health Program since 1986. Funds from the City are allocated to Public Health Seattle & King County, the agency responsible for overseeing the program. In 2011, we are committing $125,119 in General Funds.


For more information about this program, visit the Community Based Oral Health Program Web site.

For more information about City of Seattle public health programs and services, call 206-684-0684 or e-mail

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Seattle Human Services Department
Street address: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5800, Seattle, WA 98104
Mailing address: PO Box 34215, Seattle, WA 98124-4215

Phone: 206-386-1001
Fax: 206-233-5119
TTY/TTD: 206-233-2778

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