Dental Public Health Activities: Descriptive Summaries
New Mexico School-Based Prevention Program
The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH), Office of Oral Health (OOH) administers a school-based dental sealant program that provides oral health education, dental screenings, and dental sealant applications on first and second molars. The dental sealant program was developed to provide preventive services for school children to reduce tooth decay, since many low-income children have limited or no access to preventive dental care. In rural areas, all elementary school children are eligible to participate in the dental sealant program. In urban areas, the services are limited to the first, second and third grade students. The program is supported by state staff and by contracted private dental providers. Program services are offered at no cost to the parents or guardians and to participating schools. Elementary schools qualify for the program if they have at least 50% or more of its student population on the free and reduced school lunch program. FY 12 the State of New Mexico allocated an estimated $681,499.00 general fund for the state dental sealant program. For the 2012 school year: 6,254 students participated in the program with a total of 19,075 molars being sealed.
Contact Person(s) for Inquiries:
Rudy Blea, Program Director, Office of Oral Health, Public Health Division, New Mexico Department of Health, 1190 St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87502, Phone: 505-827-0837, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sonia Garcia Lopez, MS, DDS, Dental Case Manager, Office of Oral Health, Public Health Division, New Mexico Department of Health, 1190 St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87502, Phone:505-827-0247, Email: Sonia.email@example.com