The Preventive Services Program (PSP) is dedicated to promoting healthy smiles for all of Missouri’s children through education and preventive treatment. The Preventive Services Program Brochure and the PSP Information- al Presentation below provide information on how you can bring PSP to your community.
For more information Email us or call us at 573-751-5874 to learn more about having an oral health event in your community!
- Preventive Services Program (PSP): Back to School Message from Dr. Guy Deyton, DDS, State Dental Director
- COVID-19 Protocols for Preventive Services Program
- What is the Difference between Dental Sealant and Fluoride Varnish
- Missouri Oral Health PSP Participants Dashboard 2020-2021
As a PSP volunteer, you will be one of many involved in a PSP Event. This is the purpose of PSP, “Many hands working together for the oral health of the community.”
Below is a list of the various roles where your help is needed. Read through the areas to find where you can help, then click on the link at the bottom of the page and find an Oral Health Consultant who can get you started.
Thank you for volunteering to help improve the oral health of Missouri’s children!
Missouri Licensed Dentists & Dental Hygienists (or supervised students of these professional pro- grams):
Conduct oral screenings for children
- Apply fluoride varnish to children’s teeth: Must be at least 18 years of age to apply fluoride varnish
- Record information for the dental screeners
- Assist with the oral health education component of PSP (curriculum & material provided)
- Escort children to the event and back to their classrooms
- Assist with the distribution of materials (toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.)
- Assist with directing and monitoring children while at the event
- Assist with paperwork
No two PSP events are the same. Your time commitment may be a few hours or it may be most of a school day. We appreciate any time you can offer!
To be become a PSP volunteer, contact the DHSS Office of Dental Health Oral Health Consultant who services your county.
- A Simulation Model for Designing Effective Interventions in Early Childhood Caries
- ADA Report-Topical Fluoride for Caries Prevention
- American Academy Pediatric Dentistry-Policy on Use of Fluoride
- Clinical Considerations for an Infant Oral Health Care Program
- Evidence-based use of Fluoride in a Pediatric Dental Practice
- Fluoride Varnish Efficacy in Preventing Early Childhood Caries
- Fluoride Varnish Research Brief from the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors
- Recommendations for Using Fluoride to Prevent and Control Dental Caries in the United States
- Topical Fluoride Recommendations for High-risk Children