School Wide Activity

Smile Grenada

Initiative Description: The Smile Grenada intervention included: (1) classroom-based toothbrushing with fluoridated toothpaste, (2) fluoride varnish applied by trained dental students, teachers and local providers 3 times a year and (3) glass ionomer sealants placed on first permanent molars in children aged 6-8 years.

Study Results: The number of decayed/demineralized surfaces declined across all age groups.

Reference: Wolff, M. S., Hill, R., Wilson-Genderson, M., Hirsch, S., & Dasanayake, A. P. (2016). Nationwide 2.5-year school-based public health intervention program designed to reduce the incidence of caries in children of Grenada. Caries Research, 50(1), 68-77.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars Good