Oral Health is Overall Health

Integrating oral health into children's primary care as early as possible is vital to ensuring a healthier life into adulthood.

MCD Global Health has several oral health initiatives striving to improve children’s oral health and overall health. Our team is providing routine screenings and sealants to children in Maine and beyond, coordinating with health partners, and exploring innovative approaches to increase access to care.

Our Results

2022–2023 School Year

199

Schools visited throughout Maine for dental screenings

18,418

Students seen for dental screenings

22.5%

Of those students referred for dental care

School Oral Health Program

Maine CDC logoThe School Oral Health Program (SOHP), which started as a fluoride-rinse program in the 1970s, is provided through the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The program focuses on providing preventative dental services to Maine’s school children; thus, reducing the proportion of school children who have dental decay.

MCD Global Health has a long history of providing embedded staffing support to Maine’s public health programs and initiatives. MCD’s team of field consultants and partner organizations perform oral screenings and fluoride varnish treatments to students in public schools. During the 2022-2023 school year, more than 18,400 students were seen, and 22.5% were referred for dental care.

Resource from the SOHP:

What Our Team Says

“I, personally, want to thank you and everyone who made the computers and cameras possible. These new tools truly made a difference in how I was able to do my job this year. More importantly, it gave the nudge that Maine’s children needed to get their dental needs met.”

—Laura Jowdry-Berthiaume, RDH, IPDH
School Oral Health Program Field Hygienist

For questions about MCD's oral health initiatives/programs, please contact:

Danielle Peterson
Program Manager

SOHP@mcd.org

2024 Poster Contest Winners

To raise awareness about children's dental health, the Maine CDC's SOHP hosts an annual poster contest open to Maine public school students in grades PK-6. This year's ADA theme was "Brush Floss Smile."


Maine Dental Connection

In collaboration with the Childrens’ Oral Health Network of Maine, our team is developing a prototype adapting the virtual dental home model to medical settings (learn more).

For questions about the Virtual Dental Home, please contact:

Courtney Vannah
Senior Program Manager

cvannah@mcd.org

Maine Oral Health Coalition

The Maine Oral Health Coalition (MOHC) is a public-private partnership with the goal of improving access to oral care by advocating for quality preventive and comprehensive oral health care, as well as engaging in initiatives that prevent oral disease and promote better care.

Featured Project

News & Updates

Infographic: Improving Children's Dental Health in Maine
Annual School Oral Health Program Poster Contest Accepting Submissions
MCD Staff Member, Partner Initiative Receive Awards from Maine Public Health Association