About Our Oral Health Initiative
Oral health is an integral part of overall health and it’s key to children’s growth and development. Yet, one in three Wisconsin children are living with untreated dental decay, the most preventable chronic disease in the United States. Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) are twice as likely to have unmet dental needs, and there are disproportionate levels of access to oral health care in minority and low-income populations.
Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin has been a leader in the Wisconsin oral health access movement for more than 20 years. Our first program was Healthy Smiles for Wisconsin, founded in 1998, which focused on providing school-based sealants. This program evolved into Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile. Since then, the Alliance has led numerous oral health programs, impacted the development of public policy and recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition.