School-Based Dental Outreach - Mankato

ODHC School-Based Outreach, partnering with MSU Dental Hygiene Students, MDH, Delta Dental, Minnesota State University, and Mankato area public and private schools. Boy in chair, getting fluoride varnish or sealants.

School Based Dental Outreach Program

(Parent Consent forms below)

A healthy mouth is an important part of overall health and wellness, and a healthy child is more ready to learn.  There is no cost to participate in our school-based dental outreach program.

If parents choose to allow their child to participate, Open Door Health Center’s (ODHC’s) dental team will screen the child’s teeth to check for possible dental issues, and apply a fluoride varnish.  The child will receive a toothbrush and instructions for good oral hygiene. 

If the child is in 2nd or 5th grade and it is determined during the screening process that the child needs sealants, the ODHC team will provide those services during this time as well.  If time permits, our team will apply sealants to children in 3rd and 4th grade as needed.  Parents will receive a report on the care provided and be notified if follow-up is recommended.  The fluoride varnish and sealants, along with brushing and flossing, will help prevent cavities. 

This screening does not take the place of regular dental checkups by a dentist.

To allow children to receive these services at their school, a parent or guardian must complete the consent form and screening questions. Please return the signed form to your child’s teacher or use the electronic link below.

Please call our School Dental Outreach Department at Open Door Heath Center at 507.388.2120 ext. 5654 if you have any questions or email

Parents: please complete the process one time for each child participating.

Information about your children’s school screening date will be sent out in their school folders, and may also be found on the calendar embedded below.

Commonly Asked Questions About Fluoride Varnish:

What is fluoride varnish?

It is a protective coating that is painted on the teeth to help prevent cavities or slow down cavities that have already started.

Is fluoride varnish safe?

Yes, fluoride varnish can be used on babies from the time they have their first tooth. Only a very small amount is used.

How long does the fluoride last?

The fluoride coating works best if it is painted on the teeth three to four times a year.

Does my child still need to see a dentist?

YES! Fluoride varnish treatments do not replace the need for yearly dental checkups.

Commonly Asked Questions about Dental Sealants:

What are dental sealants? 

It is a protective coating that is applied/painted in the grooves of a molar (back) teeth to help prevent new cavities.

Which teeth are suitable for sealants?

Permanent molars are the most likely to benefit from sealants. The first molars usually come into the mouth when a child is about 6 years old. Second molars appear at about age 12. It is best if the sealant is applied soon after the teeth have erupted, before there is a chance for decay to start.

How long do dental sealants last?

A sealant can last for as long as 5 to 10 years. Sealants should be checked at your regular dental appointment and can be reapplied if they are no longer in place.

Sealants will be re-evaluated

Re-evaluation occurs 2 months to 1 year after application and reapplied, if necessary, at no cost.

What You Need To Do

  • A parent or guardian must read and sign the consent form (below) or complete the WEBform. 
  • If you have questions, contact our School Dental Outreach Department by calling 507.388.2120, ext.5654 or emailing
  • We will supply a toothbrush and toothpaste and ask your child to brush his or her teeth.
  • Next the varnish is painted on, or sealants are placed by a dental hygienist.
  • It will only take a few minutes, and the process does not hurt!
  • There is no cost for the fluoride varnish or dental sealants, which are provided through a grant provided by Delta Dental of Minnesota.
  • We ask for your insurance information in the event that the demand for this program exceeds grant funding.
  • We recommend that children see a dentist for yearly dental checkups.

Oral Health Facts:

  • Dental Cavities are the most common chronic disease in children.
  • Tooth decay in children can cause pain and has been associated with growth, learning, and speech problems.
  • The average cost to treat childhood cavities is $6,000 - $12,000 per child.
  • Baby teeth are very important! They guide the permanent teeth into place and help with jaw and facial formation.
  • Children need help to protect their baby teeth and prevent tooth decay.
  • To help in prevention, brush teeth 2 times a day, reduce sugar consumption, and annually see a dental provider.

The schedule for our visits to the schools in the area are on the calendar below. Please call ODHC (not the school) if you have questions. 507.388.2120, extension 5654.

Printable Parent Consent Forms

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