School-based Dental Programs

Open Door Health Center

School-based Dental Program

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, Waseca, and Lyon counties gives families the advantage of free oral health examinations and education for their elementary aged children.

Examinations in participating schools happens 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

Commonly Asked Questions About School-based Dental

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 – 10/14/2019 Franklin Elementary – 10/21/2019
Fairmont Elementary – 10/25/2019 Jefferson Elementary – 10/28/2019
Rosa Parks Elementary – 10/28/2019 LCWM Elementary – 11/01/2019
Monroe Elementary – 11/04/2019 Sleepy Eye Elementary – 11/11/2019
St. James Elementary – 11/15/2019 Washington Elementary – 11/18/2019
Butterfield Elementary – 11/22/2019 Kennedy Elementary – 11/25/2019
St. Peter South Elementary – 12/02/2019 St. Peter North Elementary – 12/02/2019
MCW-Trimont Elementary – TBD MCW-Sherburn Elementary – TBD