Yet, each year, about 200,000 children enrolled in the program do not receive any care from a dentist, said Dr. Brent Martin, dental director for MassHealth.
Thirty-one hygienists have been licensed through the program and have begun working in schools, WIC offices, and other offices that provide social services to low-income children.
"We're getting kids treated that otherwise wouldn't have prevention done," Martin
In the last state fiscal year, the hygienists served about 6,900 children.
While that's a help, he
said, there's plenty of room for the program to grow.
said there may not be a need for it.
"The public health dental hygienist program is still a new program and represents a new type of dental health provider," he