Preventative Dental Services

Through the MASS Healthy Smiles Program, public health dental hygienists conduct free, in-school dental screenings.  These screenings are conducted from the pre-school through middle school grade levels.  Your school nurse will send a consent form home annually and this form must be returned in order to participate in this program.

The mission of Mass Healthy Smiles is “to provide important preventative services to children that may not regularly see a dentist.  Our services include screenings, cleanings, fluoride, sealants against cavities and referral to a local dentist if needed”.

The screening will not replace a routine dental exam, and no x-rays are taken.  The screening does include:

  • Inspecting teeth and gums for disease
  • Cleaning surfaces of teeth
  • Applying Fluoride varnish to strengthen teeth
  • Seal rough surfaces of back teeth
  • Provide good oral hygiene training
  • Provide free toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss
  • Provide Dentist office referrals if needed

Your child may already be receiving these services and other services at your own dental office. If so, we encourage you to continue with that care. However, if your child does not have a dentist or does not visit the dentist on a regular basis, this is a wonderful opportunity to help prevent tooth decay.

Please refer to the MASS Healthy Smiles website or contact your school nurse for further information.

Attached are consent forms in English and in Spanish.  For forms or other information in another language, such as Portuguese, Creole, and Vietnamese, please email us your request at