Children’s Regional Oral Health Education Program

Dental Health“You’re not healthy, without good oral health.”
- C. Everett Koop, former Surgeon General

SJFMC has long recognized the important role that oral health plays in total health, and encourages all individuals to seek regular dental care.  Since 1987, the New Jersey Department of Health has provided funds to SJFMC to implement the Children’s Oral Health Program which provides oral health and hygiene education to school age children in the southern counties of the State.

Children’s Regional Oral Health Program activities include:

"Save Our Smiles" School-Based Fluoride Mouthrinse Program:  A voluntary, weekly fluoride mouthrinse program, funded by the New Jersey Department of Health.


School Oral Health Education Programs:  Dental hygienist staff provide oral health education to students  in grades pre-K through 12  on a variety of topics, including, but not limited to:  oral hygiene, the use of fluoride to prevent decay, sealants, healthy food choices, gum disease, prevention of oral injuries, the complications of oral piercing and oral cancer awareness and prevention. 

  •  Project BRUSH is an oral health education program designed specifically for students in grades K - 1.
  • "Sugar-Less Day to Prevent Tooth Decay”is an interactive learning event that targets fourth grade students    during March, National Nutrition Month,  to emphasize the importance of healthy food choices and oral health.
  • "Miles of Smiles"  is the  annual oral health newsletter for school nurses. 
  •  "Franny Flossisaurus and Mr. Gross Mouth Oral Health Teaching Kits are available for loan to schools. 


"Dial A Smile" Dental Clinic Directory: is a central source of information on public dental clinic services in New Jersey.  It can be accessed at:               

Special Initiatives :

Project REACH (Reducing Early Childhood Caries through Access and Health Education):  Improves the oral health of expectant women and their children at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) through an interdisciplinary approach of obstetrical providers. Women receive oral health education and referral for dental health services during obstetrical office visits.


Project PEDs (Pediatricians Preventing Early Dental Diseases): Reduces the incidence of early childhood caries through education and training of an interdisciplinary pediatric staff  to promote the importance of oral health, hygiene, and access to dental care for parents, caregivers and children who are served by the Pediatric Departments at FQHCs.


To schedule an oral health program in your school, please contact


SJFMC's Regional Oral Health Program at 856.935.6203.