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Improving Oral Health through School-Based Prevention in Northwest Connecticut

Improve Community Assets
School-Based Health
Organization: Brooker Memorial
Grant Year: 2011
County: Litchfield
State: CT

FCH made a grant to Brooker Memorial to operate its school-based oral health program, which serves students in grades K-8 in northwest Connecticut.

School-based oral health programs work: dental sealants are a proven form of prevention for tooth decay and school-based sealant programs have been found to be the most cost-effective way to reach children that are at the greatest risk of cavities. Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic conditions of children in the United States. Approximately 1 in 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth. School-based sealant programs have been found to be the most cost-effective way to reach children that are at the greatest risk of cavities. Brooker Memorial has become indispensable resourcs in our rural community, providing essential services that would otherwise be unavailable to many of our region’s children.