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MDCMC Dental Clinic receives grant

1:34 PM, Sep. 17, 2013  |  Comments
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State health officials have announced that the Dental Clinic at Ministry Door County Medical Center 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.

"The school-based sealant programs are located in schools where at least 35 percent of students are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals," said Tanya Fischer, MDCMC Dental Clinic Manager. "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 second- and third-graders this fall and will be partnering with the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College hygiene students to help place the sealants on those children that are in need of sealants."

"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."

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.

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