Fluoride use has been a major factor in the decline in the prevalence and severity of dental caries (i.e., tooth decay) in the United States. When used appropriately, fluoride is both safe and effective in preventing and controlling dental caries.
Fluoride mouthrinse is a concentrated solution intended for daily (home) or weekly (school-based) use. Studies indicate that fluoride mouthrinse reduces tooth decay experience among school children. Fluoride mouthrinse is recommended for children 6 years of age or older. In general, fluoride mouthrinse programs are recommended for communities with non-fluoridated water supplies.
Some elementary schools with non-fluoridated water supplies in Wisconsin conduct fluoride mouthrinse programs. Programs are funded from a variety of local sources or state grants. A limited number of state grants from the Division of Public Health (DPH) for school-based fluoride mouthrinsing programs are available to local public health departments. Currently (2003-2004), the local public health department recipients of DPH grant funding are:
Ashland, Bayfield, Barron, Eau Claire, Florence, Forest, Iron, Jackson, Langlade, Marinette, Pierce, Pepin, Polk, Portage, Price, Rusk, Vernon, and Waushara.
The Menominee Tribal Health Clinic is also funded.
To find out how to implement a safe and effective mouth rinse program in a school based setting, please review the Fluoride Mouthrinse Manual. P-00309 (PDF, 119 KB)