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OHRC Publications

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Barzel R, Holt K, Kolo S, Siegal M, eds. 2018. School-based dental sealant programs (2nd. ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 1 v

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057

E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This curriculum is designed to provide school-based dental sealant program (SBSP) staff with an understanding of the history, operations, and principles of SBSPs funded by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). Contents include guidelines for infection control and information about tooth selection and assessment for sealants; the sealant-application process; and SBSP operations, with an emphasis on requirements that apply to programs funded by ODH. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Carter NL, Lowe E, with American Association for Community Dental Programs and the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2016. Seal America: The prevention invention (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 1 v

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057

E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This manual provides a step-wise approach for health professionals to plan, implement, and sustain school-based dental sealant programs (SBSPs). It also provides information to help improve specific aspects of SBSPs and to refer students with unmet oral health needs to a dental clinic or office. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Holt K, Barzel R. 2010. Preventing tooth decay and saving teeth with dental sealants (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 4 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057

E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This fact sheet for professionals provides information on the use of dental sealants in preventing tooth decay and in arresting the progression of decay. Topics include access to care, disparities in care, public awareness, cost-effectiveness, and programs. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2021. Dental sealants: A resource guide (5th ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 19 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057

E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This resource guide provides an overview of the use and application of dental sealants. The first section features descriptions of and links to materials on policy, professional education, tools, training, public education, and state and local programs. The second section lists federal agencies, national professional associations, and resource centers that may serve as resources. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center and Maryland Department of Health, Office of Oral Health. 2015–. Maryland Mighty Tooth: School-based dental sealant training program. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center; Baltimore, MD: Maryland Department of Health, Office of Oral Health, multiple items

Maryland Department of Health, Office of Oral Health
201 West Preston Street, Third Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

Telephone: (410) 767-5300
Secondary Telephone: (800) 735-2258
Fax: (410) 333-7392
E-mail: https://health.maryland.gov/Pages/contactus.aspx
Website: http://phpa.dhmh.maryland.gov/oralhealth/Pages/home.aspx
Available from the website.

This training program for school-based dental sealant program (SBSP) staff in Maryland pro- vides information about the history, operations, and underlying principles of SBSPs. Topics include guidelines for infection control in SBSPs, tooth selection and assessment for dental seal- ants, the sealant-application process, and program operations. Self-assessment quizzes are included.

     


OHRC Library

This section contains recent materials, not including OHRC-produced materials.


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American Dental Association. 2022. Dental sealants and disease prevention: Points for providers. Chicago, IL: American Dental Association, 1 p

American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2678

Telephone: (312) 440-2500
Fax: (312) 440-7494
E-mail: info@ada.org
Website: http://www.ada.org
Available from the website.

This fact sheet for health professionals provides information about the use of dental sealants to prevent tooth decay. It includes information about the advantages of sealants, whether certain types of sealants are more effective than others, cost savings from sealant application, practice standards for sealant application, and the efficacy of sealants.


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Oral Health. 2021. Dental sealants. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Oral Health, 1 web resource

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Oral Health
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30329-4027

Telephone: (800) 232-4636
Secondary Telephone: (888) 232-6348
E-mail: cdcinfo@cdc.gov
Website: http://www.cdc.gov/OralHealth
Available from the website.

This fact sheet explains the purpose of dental sealants and discusses their efficacy in preventing tooth decay in children. It also addresses who can apply sealants, provides information about trends in sealant application, and discusses the purpose and importance of school-based dental sealant programs.


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Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems. 2021. I-Smile™ @ School: 2019-2020 update on the Iowa Department of Public Health's school-based sealant program. [Des Moines, IA]: Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems, Iowa Department of Public Health, 2 pp

Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems
Lucas State Office Building 321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

Telephone: (515) 242-6383
Secondary Telephone: (866) 528-4020
Fax: (515) 242-6384
Website: http://www.idph.iowa.gov/ohds
Available from the website.

This report provides information about I-Smile, a preventive school-based dental program that focuses on improving the oral health of Iowa’s students. The report describes the program; the services it offers, which include oral health screenings, risk assessments, dental sealant and fluoride varnish application, and classroom and individual oral health education; student and school participation in the program; and program impact.


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National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. 2016. Dental sealants prevent cavities: Effective protection for children. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4 pp

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30329-4027

Telephone: (800) 232-4636
Secondary Telephone: (888) 232-6348
E-mail: cdcinfo@cdc.gov
Website: http://www.cdc.gov
Available from the website.

This fact sheet describes opportunities to improve oral health in children and adolescents by starting or expanding programs that offer dental sealants in schools. Topics include what sealants are and why they are used; disparities in sealant use; what the federal government is doing to promote sealants; and what state officials, health professionals, school administrators, and parents can do to increase the use of sealants. The fact sheet is available in English and Spanish. Additional resources including a podcast, a public service announcement, descriptions of dental sealant programs, and related materials are available from the website.


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Phipps KR, Ricks, TL, Mork NP, Lozon TL. 2019. The oral health of American Indian and Alaska Native children aged 1-5 years: Results of the 2018-19 IHS oral health survey. Rockville, MD: U.S. Indian Health Service, 10 pp

U.S. Indian Health Service
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857

Website: https://www.ihs.gov
Available from the website.

This data brief focuses on the oral health of American Indian and Alaska Native children ages 1–5. The brief presents information on the prevalence of early childhood caries, untreated tooth decay, and dental sealants in the primary teeth of this population in 2018–2019 and assesses trends since the 2010 survey was conducted. The results of the 2018–2019 survey are presented as five key findings. For each finding, statistical data are included. Implications of the results are also discussed.

     

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