Giving Children A New Reason To Smile

Thanks to a grant from Delta Dental, 280 children received a fluoride dental varnish in 2017.

Dental health for underserved populations at Fairview
A child’s oral health can make a big impact on his or her overall health and well-being, but not all kids have access to affordable dental care.

In fact, low socio-economic status is the single greatest risk factor predicting tooth decay or cavities, particularly for children under the age of 3.

“We have been listening to the communities we serve to identify preventative care treatments for children,” says Paula McNabb, RN, MINI clinic volunteer coordinator. “The varnish program was a great fit.”

Paula and her colleagues saw an opportunity to help by partnering with the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry to add a dental varnish outreach component to Fairview’s longstanding program that brings influenza immunizations to underserved communities. Thanks to a grant from Delta Dental, 280 children in low-income communities received a fluoride dental varnish in 2017.

Fluoride varnish has been found to help prevent tooth decay or cavities on permanent teeth and prevent or reduce tooth decay or cavities in the primary (baby) teeth of young children.

“The application of dental varnish is one way that we can impact the overall dental health of the community and reach underserved populations,” explains Paula.

Now that is something we can all smile about. To learn how you can help support this important program, visit

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