How do children and pregnant women in Iowa benefit from I-Smile™?
A registered dental hygienist works as the I-Smile™ & I-Smile™@School Coordinator to provide the following services:
- Community outreach to raise awareness about good oral health
- Follow-up care and help with scheduling dentist appointments
- Care coordination to:
- Help with transportation
- Help with interpreter services
- Help finding payment source for dental care
- Partnerships with local medical and dental providers to help provide referrals and to train medical offices to provide fluoride varnish during well-child visits
- Dental hygienists and nurses provide the following preventative dental services for infants, children, and pregnant women:
- Dental screenings
- Fluoride varnish
- Dental sealants (I-Smile™@School)
- Oral health education
What is required for program eligibility?
Children from birth through age 21 and pregnant women quality for I-Smile™ services.
I-Smile@School is for all students at schools selected based on the percent of children participating in the free or reduced-price school lunch program.
What documentation is required to apply for services?
Services provided for children at the following locations:
- WIC Clinics (infants, children, and pregnant women)
- Head Start Centers
- School Systems
- I-Smile™ Dental Home Initiative on Iowa Department of Public Health
- I-Smile @ School™
- I-Smile™ Coordinator map for the state
- Oral Health is Important to Overall Health, Especially During Pregnancy - Count the Kicks Video
- Want to know the fluoride level for your community? Visit the Center for Disease Control My Water's Fluoride
Helping People. Changing Lives.
From little smiles to lifelong smiles, improving the health of Iowans.