Please Note: This curriculum was developed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and may not reflect current guidance for materials, procedures, and infection control.
This module reviews the dental-sealant-application process for school-based dental sealant programs. The module includes an overview of selected sealant materials appropriate for use in school-based programs, differentiates between the attributes of various sealant materials, and outlines techniques recommended for sealant placement and for evaluating programs’ sealant retention rates.
- Identify at least three desirable attributes of sealant materials for use in school-based dental sealant programs.
- List three ways to prevent operator injuries in school-based sealant programs.
- Explain why the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) does not require the programs it funds to use newer bonding systems with bonding agents and does not recommend using them routinely.
- Explain what is currently known about any Bisphenol-A (BPA)–related risks from humans’ exposure to BPA from dental sealants.
- List the steps in the sealant-application process, in order.
- Explain the difference between short- and long-term retention checks.