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School Based Dental Prevention Program

The School Based Dental Prevention Program is a statewide, school based preventive dental program targeting children in grades kindergarten through eighth in schools with 50 percent or more of students receiving free and reduced lunch. Portable equipment is used by dental staff to provide dental screenings, referrals, and follow-up to dental providers to address unmet dental needs in this population. Health education and preventive sealants are provided to the target school population as well as information regarding TennCare eligibility and the application process.

In August 2009, the Tennessee Department of Health's School Based Dental Prevention Program was selected by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors as a Best Practice Project and highlighted in the August 2009 Association of Maternal and Child Health Program newsletter, Pulse.

School Coordinated Health