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SEAL Dental Program


funding levels adjusted for inflation (CPI)

  • Funding History
  • Description
  • Proposals
Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY19 $893,590 $893,590
FY18 $913,152 $891,286
FY17 $933,682 $891,286
FY16 $951,004 $891,286
FY15 $957,392 $891,286
FY14 $962,741 $889,889
FY13 $977,673 $889,889
FY12 $994,151 $889,889
FY11 $0 $0
FY10 $0 $0
FY09 $0 $0
FY08 $0 $0
FY07 $0 $0
FY06 $0 $0
FY05 $0 $0
FY04 $0 $0
FY03 $0 $0
FY02 $0 $0
FY01 $0 $0
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Funding for SEAL Dental Program

comparisons adjusted for inflation (CPI)

The SEAL Dental Program is a school-based program that provides screenings, education, dental sealants and fluoride, as well as referrals to a dentist when necessary for students in 13 communities, in schools with a large share of low-income students.

The SEAL ("Seal, Educate, Advocate for Learning") program was begun in 2008 and provides dental sealants and topical fluoride to children. The program focuses on schools with high numbers of children who are eligible for the school lunch program and schools in communities with substantial numbers of children who are enrolled in MassHealth (the state's Medicaid program). However, all children are eligible to receive services.

Services are provided by dental hygienists and oral health specialists who work under the supervision of a dentist. The hygienists assess each child's oral health, apply a fluoride varnish on teeth, and, if warranted, place sealants (a thin plastic coating) to the back teeth. Topical fluoride and sealants both offer strong protection against tooth decay in children. The hygienists also work with school nurses, community health centers, and dental programs at hospitals to coordinate other follow-up dental care for the children.

Updated February, 2015

Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY19 GAA $893,590 $893,590
FY19 Leg $893,590 $893,590
FY19 Sen $893,590 $893,590
FY19 SWM $893,590 $893,590
FY19 Hou $893,590 $893,590
FY19 HWM $893,590 $893,590
FY19 Gov $893,590 $893,590
FY18 $913,152 $891,286