‘Sheboygan Schools Seal Students’ Smiles’ Dental Program Nationally Recognized
A local school dental program, Sheboygan Schools Seal Students’ Smiles, has been selected as one of only 25 programs in the nation to be evaluated by the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
‘Sheboygan Schools Seal Students’ Smiles’ was the only program nominated from the state of Wisconsin out of the 99 oral health programs nominated by local, state and national organizations.
The Sheboygan Area School District started a mobile dental outreach program in 2006 to provide dental services to 4-year old kindergarten programs, elementary schools and middle schools. Services consist of an oral health assessment, three fluoride varnish applications, sealants, and referrals to dental providers as appropriate.
Sharon Daun, Sheboygan Area School District Nurse Supervisor and Dental Program Coordinator said, “I am thrilled to see the ‘Sheboygan Schools Seal Students’ Smiles’ program as one of the top 25 in the nation. Sheboygan is leading the way to eliminate barriers to preventative oral health in a non-dental setting.”
According to a press release from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Foundation recently released a series of oral health reports revealing that a key to improving the nation’s oral health may rest with innovative programs that already exist. Researchers commissioned by the Foundation examined 25 programs, including the Sheboygan program that addressed barriers to preventive oral health services with solutions in non-traditional, community, and mobile settings.
Sheboygan’s dental sealant and fluoride program is a collaborative effort between registered dental hygienists, volunteer providers, Sheboygan Area School District staff and the Division of Public Health.
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 22, 2013