School-based Dental Programs

Open Door Health Center

School-based Dental Program

At this time, Open Door is cancelling all travel and outreach outside of the clinic
unless it is determined to be essential.
We will keep you informed of rescheduled events at a later date.

Did you know that Open Door provides free dental screenings to children in many elementary schools in and around Blue Earth County?

We understand that a healthy mouth is an important part of overall health and wellness, and a healthy child is more ready to learn.  Our partnership with schools in Blue Earth, Nicollet, Watonwan, Brown, and Martin counties gives families the advantage of free oral health examinations and education for their elementary aged children.

We no longer provide school based dental in Waseca county. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Examinations in participating schools happen twice per year, spring and fall. Each visit occurs right in the child’s elementary school and includes:

  • A dental screening
  • Fluoride varnish
  • Sealants applied where appropriate
  • Tooth care instruction and supplies

Also, information is sent home with the parents, which may include any areas of concern or need for follow up treatment.

Parents must register their children for this service

There is no cost to participate in the school-based dental outreach program, which takes place at the child’s school. A parent or guardian must complete the form and answer screening questions.

Parents: please complete the process one time for each child participating.

This screening does not take the place of regular dental checkups by a dentist.

Please call our School Dental Outreach Department at Open Door Heath Center at 507.388.2120 ext. 5654 if you have any questions or email Rachel Riewe at schooloutreach@odhc.org.

For questions about
school-based dental call

(507) 388-2120
EXT. 5654

School-based Dental
Parent Consent Form

Are the school based dental screenings free?

Yes its free this service is provided by a grant from the CDEI and Delta Dental (HS)

What is a fluoride varnish and is it safe?

It is a protective coating that is painted on the teeth to help prevent cavities or slow down cavities that have already started. Fluoride varnishes are safe and can be used on babies from the time they have their first tooth. Only a very small amount is used.

How long does the fluoride last?

The fluoride coating works best if it is painted on the teeth three to four times a year.

Does my child still need to see a dentist?

YES! Fluoride varnish treatments do not replace the need for yearly dental checkups.

What are dental sealants?

It is a protective coating that is applied/painted in the grooves of a molar (back) teeth to help prevent new cavities.

How long do dental sealants last?

A sealant can last for as long as 5 to 10 years. Sealants should be checked at your regular dental appointment and can be reapplied if they are no longer in place.

Which elementary schools does the dental team visit? When?

Roosevelt Elementary – Feb 3rd Northside (St. James) Elementary – Mar 20th
LCWM Elementary – Feb 7th Monroe Elementary – Mar 23rd
Jefferson Elementary – Feb 10th St. Peter South Elementary – Mar 30th
MCW-Sherburn Elementary – Feb 21st St. Peter North Elementary – Mar 30th
MCW-Trimont Elementary – Feb 21st Rosa Parks Elementary – Apr 13th
Kennedy Elementary – Feb 24th Butterfield Elementary – Apr 17th
Washington Elementary – Mar 9th Fairmont Elementary – TBD
Franklin Elementary – Mar 16th Sleepy Eye Elementary – TBD