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Sumter Molar Coaster

Florida Department of Health in Sumter County

What is the Sumter Molar Coaster? 

The Sumter Molar Coaster is a mobile dental office operated by the Florida Department of Health in Sumter County that parks at your child's school and provides FREE preventive dental services to second grade students.

Who can participate? 

Around the age of 7 years old (second grade students) permanent adult molars have just come in and should be protected as soon as possible to prevent cavities.  We provide free preventive services such as, a visual dental exam, sealants, fluoride treatment, and education to any second grade student that signs up.

What are sealants? 

Dental Sealants are a thin coating applied to the tiny grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars).  The Molars are where most cavities in children occur.  Children without sealants have almost 3 times more cavities than those with sealants.

What are the benefits to Fluoride? 

Fluoride mouth rinsing has its greatest benefit on the smooth surfaces of the tooth.  It helps to prevent tooth decay by making teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth.  It can also reverse early decay.

How can I sign up my second grader? 

The services are provided each year at your child's school.  Please be on the lookout for 'The Sumter Molar Coaster" packet to come home with your second grader.  All forms must be completed for your child to receive any service.  The best part is there is absolutely no charge to you, the services are completely free.

If you have any questions about any of the services provided, please contact Robbin Washburn at 352-569-3149.