school-based dental sealant program underway on board the Care Mobile

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and Healthcare Network is hard at work making sure our underserved children are receiving the proper dental care. For the last few months, the Care Mobile staff has been busy with our school-based dental sealant program, which provides second grade students from eight high-need Collier County Schools with the opportunity to have thin plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the most vulnerable back teeth. The sealant lasts a few years and is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to prevent cavities. Collier County is one step ahead thanks to this program, set to expand to 14 schools next year,  but Florida is lagging behind when it comes to making sure underserved children have access to dental sealants. For more details, read a recent report released by the Pew Center on the States.