Dental - Operation Saving Smiles Program (OSS)

A Healthy Smile Begins With a Child

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What is the Operation Saving Smiles Program

About the Program

Operation Saving Smiles (OSS) seeks to improve oral health of Kern County residents by providing preventative education and information about available resources to the community.

Take Home Messages

  • First Tooth, First Visit
  • Visit the dentist every 6 months or as recommended
  • Brush for 2 minutes, twice a day (2min2x)
  • Floss your teeth daily
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Limit sugary drinks & snacks
  • Avoid any tobacco products
  • Have fluoride varnish applied as soon as first tooth comes in and every 3-6 months or as recommended
  • Have dental sealants applied when molars (back teeth) come in or as recommended

Services Provided

Oral Health Education and Nutrition Information to:

  • Parents
  • Students
  • Community Members
  • Teachers
  • Day Care Providers

Referral for Fluoride Varnish Application:

  • Free
  • At your home
  • 1st tooth up to 5 years old

Help Finding a Dentist Who Accepts:

  • Medi-Cal Dental*
  • Private Insurance
  • Sliding Scale Payment Plan

*Any one enrolled in Medi-Cal automatically gets dental benefits. For more information, visit

Oral Health Information/Materials/Provider List

Good Oral Health Begins with:

  • Healthy Foods, Drinks, and Snacks: Protein & calcium rich foods help keep teeth strong (i.e. lean meats, nuts, seeds, and fluoridated water).
  • Fluoride Varnish: It is a mineral that can strengthen tooth enamel (outer coating on teeth). It is applied on all surfaces of all teeth.
  • Dental Sealants: They are thin plastic or glass protective coatings that are only applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars (back teeth) to prevent food residue from sticking in the grooves.

Tooth Decay (Cavities)

  • Caused by bacteria on teeth that break down food and produce acid that destroys tooth enamel.
  • Most common chronic disease in children.
  • It is four times more common than asthma.

Handout Information


Contact Us

For more information on oral health education, please contact the Operation Saving Smiles Program at 321-3000.

Funded by the California Department of Public Health under contract 17-10695.