MDCMC Dental Clinic Receives Dental Sealant Award
State health officials announced today that MDCMC’s Dental Clinic is one of 38 organizations who will receive a total of nearly $600,000 in school-based sealant program grants. The grants will be applied during the upcoming school year to provide dental sealants to low-income children in 59 counties. The grants were made available through the Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile program which is collaboratively administered by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Oral Health Program and Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin.
“Children from families with low incomes are more than twice as likely to have untreated cavities than children in higher income families, and dental sealant programs in schools are a cost-effective way to reach kids at highest risk for developing cavities,” said Dr. Jeffrey Chaffin, State Dental Officer. “In doing so, we can help these students focus on learning and succeeding.”
Tanya Fischer, MDCMC Dental Clinic Manager adds, “The school-based sealant programs are located in schools where at least 35% of students are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals. Dental sealants create a physical barrier against bacteria and food; this barrier helps to prevent cavities. The Schools participating will be Sturgeon Bay, Southern Door and Algoma. We will be doing exams on 2nd and 3rd graders this fall and will be partnering with the NWTC Hygiene students to help place the sealants on those children that are in need of sealants.”
Andy Boettcher, DCMC Foundation, was excited to share that the Dental Clinic was awarded $1,509 to help with the Seal-A-Smile program for our area. The program is funded with state dollars matched by Delta Dental of Wisconsin.
DHS is also one of 21 recipients just awarded a “State Oral Disease Prevention Programs” grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), renewable for up to five years.
The funding provides support for developing program leadership, monitoring oral disease levels and risk factors for oral disease, developing strong partnerships, educating state residents on ways to prevent oral diseases, and developing and evaluating prevention programs