ForsythKids School-Based Oral Health Program
ForsythKids builds healthy communities by improving children’s dental health where they live and learn. The program brings preventive dental care to children in Massachusetts – in school, and in some cases community centers and summer camps.
All children in a participating school are eligible to enroll in the ForsythKids program. Participating students receive in-school dental examinations; oral health education; preventative services twice a year, including: dental cleanings, application of sealants to prevent decay, fluoride varnish, and temporary fillings if needed. If a child is covered by MassHealth or private dental insurance, Forsyth will bill insurance for services but there is no co-pay, fee, or charge to families or schools. All children, including the uninsured, are eligible to participate. For those with ongoing or urgent dental needs, ForsythKids staff refers children to local dental clinics for comprehensive care.
The ForsythKids program works with schools and community partners to make certain it is easy for children and their families to get high quality dental care, which is critically important to their overall health and well-being. Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease in the U.S--more than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related illness. Untreated dental disease can lead to pain, lack of attention in the classroom, problems with eating and speaking, low-self esteem, and long-term health consequences. For more than a decade, ForsythKids has helped tens of thousands of children throughout Massachusetts receive critical dental care.
Beyond the Classroom
To address the specialized dental needs of younger and older children, ForsythKids staff launched pilot programs in 2013 to reach preschool children and teenagers.
In addition to clinical care, the ForsythKids educational mission reaches children beyond the school setting. ForsythKids partners with a broad range of community to ensure that oral health is understood as essential to overall health, and to allow children to explore their oral health and related science in non-dental settings.
If you are interested in learning more about bringing ForsythKids to your school, please contact Kathy Eklund at firstname.lastname@example.org.