Tooth decay in children is a widespread preventable disease. Children as young as 12-18 months can get
cavities. Cavities in baby teeth can cause pain and prevent children from being able to eat, speak, sleep
and learn properly. Implementing the simple strategy of brushing fluoride varnish on baby teeth has the
potential to prevent a significant burden of disease.
Ionia County Health Department is committed to providing oral health education and referral to a dental
home for all WIC participants. Registered nurses provide the oral health screening exam and apply the
topical fluoride varnish. All WIC clients less than 3 years of age will be offered the screening exam and
Fluoride Varnish application up to 4 times a year regardless of insurance status. Fluoride Varnish
application will be offered with WIC appointments.