School-Based Oral Health Programs

Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine currently runs five city wide prevention programs and operates in 61 schools in Boston, Chelsea, Framingham, Natick, and Lawrence delivering preventive services to thousands of children, including oral health education, dental screenings, fluoride applications, and placement of sealants.  During the 2012-13 academic year, 15,442 children were provided oral health education; 5,008 received oral screenings and fluoride applications; and 3,158 dental sealants were placed for 1,041 children.

Chelsea Comprehensive School-Based Dental Program: For the 13th year in Chelsea, GSDM provided city-wide comprehensive services including classroom education, dental screenings, dental sealant placement, fluoride varnish applications, and restorative dental care for children enrolled in the 5 public schools.  Through partnerships with CAPIC Head Start and the Chelsea Family Network, services are also provided to many of Chelsea’s preschoolers.  This comprehensive oral health program is included in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Health Care Innovations Exchange, a national program designed to support health care professionals in sharing and adopting innovations that improve the delivery of care to underserved patients.

During the 2012-13 school year, this school-based program provided classroom oral health education to 2815 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 4 in the Chelsea Public Schools.  Dental screenings and fluoride varnish treatments were provided to 1273 students, and 126 dental sealants were placed for 43 first through fourth graders in Chelsea.

Since opening in April of 2003, GSDM’s Chelsea School Dental Center (CSDC) has provided preventive and restorative services for thousands of children.  Located in the Williams Middle School, the CSDC gives care to Chelsea public school students regardless of their grade level or ability to pay for services.   Many of the patients, who range in age from preschoolers to high school seniors, have never been to the dentist and would have no other source of dental care if it were not for the CSDC.  Five bilingual dentists devote time to treating patients in the clinic.

Framingham School Dental Program: GPH operates a town wide school-based dental program for grade school children within all 8 public elementary schools.  During the 2012-13 school year, oral health education was presented to 1336 students in grades kindergarten through 3rd grade.  Additionally, 552 children received a dental screening and fluoride treatment.  A total of 561 sealants were placed for 187 children.

Natick School Dental Program: GPH runs a town wide school-based dental program for grade school children within all 5 public elementary schools.  During the 2012-13 school year, through this program 442 children received oral health education, 114 received oral screenings and fluoride varnish treatments, and 168 sealants were placed on 47 children.

Lawrence School Dental Program: GPH provides children in all 10 elementary schools and 2 middle schools in the City of Lawrence with oral health education, dental screenings, fluoride applications, and sealants.  In total, oral health education was presented to 5,164 students, dental screenings and fluoride varnish applications were given for 1476 students, and 1,011 sealants were placed on the teeth of 364 students.

Smart Smiles in Boston Public Schools: During the 2012-13 school year, GSDM provided education for 5685 children; 1593 students received dental screenings, cleanings and fluoride varnish applications; and 1292 sealants were provided to  400 children in 31 Boston Public Schools including:   Beethoven, Boston Teachers Union, Roger Clap, George Conley, Paul A. Dever, Edison K-8, English High, Everett, Gardner Pilot Academy, Henry Grew, Dennis C. Haley, Dr. William Henderson, Higginson/Lewis, John P. Holland,  Joseph J. Hurley, Thomas J. Kenny, Joyce Kilmer, Patrick Lyndon, Samuel W. Mason, Donald McKay K-8, McCormack Middle School, Mission Hill K-8, Wolfgang Mozart, Orchard Gardens K-8, Michael J. Perkins, Franklin D. Roosevelt Lower, Franklin D. Roosevelt Upper, Charles Sumner, William Monroe Trotter, Winthrop Elementary and Young Achievers.