Raising funds for the expansion of the Seal and Smile School-Based Sealant Program in Alachua County. 100% of donations go directly to Seal and Smile program expansion.
Florida is one of only two states in the nation to receive a failing grade for two years in a row for children's oral health with over 75% of Medicaid eligible children not receiving dental care and less than 25% of low-income schools providing school-based sealant services according to the annual Pew Report. Furthermore, the local front has similar statistics with 30.5% of 3rd grade Alachua County children exhibiting untreated cavities and 49% with caries experience before the age of 10, placing us among the states with the highest rates of dental disease in the country in 3rd graders, according to data collected in 2013.
What have we done?
The Seal and Smile School-Based Dental initiative began in 2010 as a school-based dental program led by United Way of North Central Florida and the University of Florida College of Dentistry, and supported through Oral Health America. The program focuses on providing high-need 2nd and 6th graders in Alachua County with free dental sealants, fluoride varnish applications, comprehensive oral exams, and oral hygiene education in the school setting. Services are provided through faculty-supervised UF dental students completing class rotations as a part of the learning curriculum with the addition of Santa Fe dental hygiene students being added in 2012. This core experiential learning component serves as an integral part of the student's education by broadening their horizons with hands on dental work, as well as exposure to the community and community dentistry, thereby increasing their likelihood of future involvement in community dentistry.
We have made tremendous strides of success in these past few years. For example, the prevalence of dental sealants in Shell Elementary School’s 2nd graders increased from less than 3% in 2011 to more than 67% in 2012.
What can you do?
While we have served over 1,000 students, sealed over 2,225 teeth, and provided more than $55,000 worth of sealants in 15 elementary and middle schools across Alachua County to date, our program has reached capacity. In order to expand to other local elementary and middle schools whose children would benefit from these preventive dental services, we need to raise funds to purchase four additional mobile dental units, patient chairs and equipment setups. Costs are approximately $5,000 per station for a total of $20,000.
Please make a donation below. If you'd like to donate your services or equipment, please contact:
Community Impact Manager
United Way of North Central Florida
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