Accomplishments


As of December of 2013 SEAL Indiana has:
  • Traveled to all regions of Indiana, providing over 1,333 visits to Title I schools, community health centers, Head Start programs and shelters for the homeless and victims of domestic violence.

  • Completed more than 24,840 examinations for low-income children throughout Indiana. Over half of the children examined had untreated dental disease. Each child receives a toothbrush, toothpaste and brushing instructions, in addition to the other services. The children also take home a dental report informing their parents/guardians of the treatment provided and what follow-up is necessary for optimal oral health.

  • Placed over 40,469 dental sealants on permanent molars (back teeth) and provided 20,507 fluoride varnish treatments.

    In a typical day, the SEAL Indiana team of IUSD faculty, staff and 4th-year dental students serve an average of 20 to 25 children who are the least likely to receive regular dental care.

  • Participated in numerous health fairs and has provided 2550 screenings to children in these events. SEAL Indiana also attends the Indiana School nurses convention.

  • Engaged in research that will promote optimal oral health and more equitable access to care. SEAL Indiana team members have:

    Participated in a National Institute of Health-funded study that analyzed outcomes of the use of sealants. The findings of this study will be published in a peer-review journal.

    Participated in numerous meetings presenting published abstracts.

    Mentored IUSD dental students involved in research on dental sealants and fluoride.

  • Helped more than 100 parents of children with urgent dental care needs in finding a dental home to receive treatment with positive results. This has been accomplished with the partnership between SEAL Indiana, the Indiana Dental Association and the IUSD pediatric department through the “Give Kids a Smile” initiative.