Dental Health Services

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Dental Health Services funds oral health programs for children and adults through the Department of Public Health’s Office of Oral Health – targeting people who have challenges accessing dental care.

More than half of the funding from this line item goes to support dental services for people with disabilities. This program primarily serves people 18 years and older, and is operated by the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. The program provides dental care at regional facilities across the state primarily to people with developmental disabilities, and trains dental providers providing care to patients with disabilities.

In addition, funding from this line item supports the Forsyth Kids program operated by the Forsyth Institute, which provides dental exams, cleanings, sealants and temporary fillings to school-age children in Lynn, Boston, and Cape Cod. Funding also supports two programs for children in communities that do not have fluoridated water: a weekly Fluoride Mouthrinse Program for students in grades 1-6 and a daily Fluoride Tablet Program for children attending Head Start programs in non-fluoridated communities.

Some line item funds also support the Office of Oral Health, which coordinates dental services and provides public education on dental issues.

Updated January, 2015

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