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Are your local schools trying to fight tooth decay with a mouth rinse program?

 An Appalachia Health News story by Kara Leigh Lofton highlighted West Virginia’s push to encourage more schools to promote a simple oral hygiene routine shown to significantly reduce tooth decay. The reporter did a great job at summing up the thinking behind the effort.

A newly published Cochrane Review report serves as a reminder of the effectiveness of school mouth rinse programs. “Regular use of fluoride mouth rinse under supervision results in a large reduction in tooth decay in children’s permanent teeth,” concluded the authors of the paper.

In West Virginia, mouth rinse program supplies are offered to schools at no cost, Lofton explained, but participating schools need a volunteer or staffer willing to lead the program. At the time Lofton aired her report, an estimated 9,600 students in the state were getting fluoride rinses at school. But more children could benefit if more schools signed up for the program, West Virginia officials believe.

The same could be true in your state.

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