School Oral Health Program
The 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
Grades PK-K: Winner - Kindergarten, Mill Pond School
Grades 1-2: Winner - 2nd Grade, Woodland Elementary
Grades 3-4: Winner - 4th Grade, Woodland Elementary
Grades 5-6: Winner - 6th Grade, Woodland Elementary
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).
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.