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Smiles for Life Fluoride Available at all WHC Clinics

Research shows that fluoride can reduce tooth decay by 25-45%. The Wishek Hospital and Clinics wants to reduce that percentage for children in our area by teaming up with the N.D. Department of Health - Oral Health Program called Smiles for Life to provide fluoride varnish to children. Smiles for Life services are covered by Medicaid and Healthy Steps and requires a minimal fee for commercial and private pay patients.

The Smiles for Life program, initiated in 2007 by North Dakota's legislature, allows health-care providers to assess oral health and apply the varnish to children through age 20. The purpose is twofold: to take preventive measures to protect children from cavities and to maintain their overall oral health.

All of our providers and nurses have completed the ND State Board of Dental Examiner’s training program through the Smiles for Life curriculum. The training allows them to administer fluoride when deemed necessary. Providers will also take the opportunity to educate children about the importance of brushing, flossing and caring for their teeth.

Children may receive fluoride varnish from both medical and dental clinics two to four times a year. Take action to help protect your children from cavities. Call your local clinic today to schedule a fluoride varnish appointment. For more information about Smiles for Life, visit

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