Mono County

Oral Health Task Force (OHTF)

The Oral Health Task Force strives to promote oral health in children and adults in Mono County.  The task force provides oral health education and prevention opportunities to our residents.  We are a multi-agency collaborative, including but not limited to: local dentists, First Five Mono County, IMACA Head Start, Mammoth Hospital, Mono County Office of Education, Mono County WIC, Sierra Park Dental Clinic, and Sierra Park Pediatrics.  Please contact the Health Department at (760) 924-1830 for more information on oral health and meeting information.



"The Continuum of Oral Health...From the Community to the Clinician": The Mono County Oral Health Taskforce is hosting an educational dinner for the local dental and pediatric providers to discuss prevention of childhood caries, the link between public health aspects and office based practices, the gld standard of school based dental sealant programs, and topical fluoride varnish.  Dr Nancy Reifel and Dr Val Spolsky, UCLA professors of dentistry will be presenting on these proven successful prevention methods and how to link our population to dentists.  This exciting evening is scheduled for March 25th!


"Miles fo Smiles":  In collaboration with UCLA School of Dentistry, Eastern Sierra Unified School District (ESUSD), and the Mono County Oral Health Taskforce, "Miles of Smiles" will be held at 3 of our ESUSD campuses this Spring!  Miles of Smiles is a free on-campus dental suite of services for Kindergarteners - 8 th graders, inlcuding: an education assembly for the students, oral health assessment, topical fluoride varnish application, and/or dental sealants!  The schedule for this successful program is as follows:

  • March 25: Lee Vining Elementary
  • March 26: Bridgeport Elementary
  • March 27-28: Antelope Valley Elementary
  • Spring 2013, TBD: Edna Beaman Elementary

Dental sealants protect teeth from developing cavities by creating a barrier from the bacteria that cause cavities in teeth.  Dental sealants are plastic resins used to fill the pits and fissures of the back teeth (molars).  The application is simple, takes only a fewe moments, and requires no shots or drilling so it is painless!  A special light is then used to harden the sealant. 

Topical fluoride varnsih can help strengthen the tooth enamel and is another way to reduce cavities.  Fluoride varnish is painted on the teeth.  The varnish will stick to the tooth for about one day.  Topical fluoride varnsih can be applied several time a year, or more frequently for children at higher risk for cavities.

Should you have questions about these programs, please contact Hillary Bayliss, PHN at the Mono County Health Department: 760.924.1830, hbayliss [at] mono [dot] ca [dot] gov.  Should you have questions regarding the benefit of these programs for your child's health, please contact your dentist.  If you would like assistance in finding a dentist, please call The Mono County Health Department.