Cavity Free at Three

Grand County Public Health has implemented the program Cavity Free at Three. Cavity Free at Three is a statewide effort to prevent oral disease in young children. The effort aims to engage dentists, physicians, nurses, dental hygienists, public health practitioners, and early childhood educators in the prevention and early detection of oral disease in pregnant women, infants, and toddlers.

Program Goal
Our goal is simple: We want all children in our state to be cavity free by the time they reach age 3. Dental disease is the number one chronic disease of children in America, yet, it is a preventable disease.
Grand County Public Health has seen hundreds of children after implementing this program.

In Colorado:
  • 18% of 2-4 year olds have dental caries; 16% have untreated decay
  • 45.7% of kindergarteners have dental caries; 26.9% have untreated decay
  • 57.2% of third graders have dental caries; 26.1% have untreated decay
  • By age 17, 78% of children have had at least one cavity; 7% have lost a permanent tooth to dental decay

Dental Services
Cavity Free at Three strives to make dental disease in children rare instead of inevitable. To do so the project:
  • Assesses pregnant women's and new mother's oral health.
  • Educates mothers on promoting their own oral health and protecting the oral health of their children.
  • Conducts caries risk assessments on children.
  • Applies fluoride varnish to children’s teeth.
  • Provides anticipatory guidance for tooth development and oral disease prevention.
  • Works with the family in establishing a dental home for the entire family.
  • Helps families set behavioral goals for improving the family's oral health.

Contact Information
If you have questions about Cavity Free at Three, call Grand County Public Health at 970-725-3288.