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Dental Sealants

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Key Facts

Did you know? Dental sealants have been used to reduce the incidence and severity of dental caries in the pits and fissures of teeth for over 40 years.

OHRC Publications

This section contains OHRC-produced materials.


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Barzel R, Holt K, Siegal M, eds. 2009. School-based dental sealant programs. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 1 v

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
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 the 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 Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This manual is designed to assist health professionals in launching and sustaining school-based dental sealant programs (SBSPs). In addition to offering a step-wise approach for planning and implementing SBSPs, the manual addresses issues related to referring students with unmet oral health needs to a dental clinic or office. Health professionals working in established SBSPs may also find the manual of interest as they work to improve specific aspects of their programs. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Casamassimo P, Holt K, eds. 2016. Bright Futures: Oral health—Pocket guide (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 90 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This pocket guide offers health professionals an overview of preventive oral health supervision for five periods—pregnancy and postpartum, infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. The pocket guide is designed to help health professionals implement specific oral health guidelines during these periods. For each period, information about family preparation, risk assessment, interview questions, screening, examination, preventive procedures, anticipatory guidance, measurable outcomes, and referrals are discussed. The content aligns with Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents (4th ed.). [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 Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
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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Holt K, Barzel R. 2010. Pain and suffering shouldn't be an option: School-based and school-linked oral health services for children and adolescents. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 4 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This fact sheet provides information about the importance of good oral health during childhood and adolescence. Topics include school readiness, disparities, oral trauma, nutrition, dental sealants, fluoride varnish, and school-based and school-linked oral health services. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2017. Dental sealants: A resource guide (4th ed.). Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 20 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This resource guide provides information to health professionals about the use and application of dental sealants. The first section describes materials, such as brochures, fact sheets, guidelines, curricula, and reports. 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: dhmh.oralhealth@maryland.gov
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 provides information about the history, operations, and underlying principles of SBSPs. Topics include guidelines for infection control in school-based programs, tooth selection and assessment for dental sealants, 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. 2016. Oral health topics: Dental sealants. Chicago, IL: American Dental Association, multiple items

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.

These resources for oral health professionals and others focus on the safety and use of dental sealants in children and adolescents. Topics include types of sealants, evidence, and common misperceptions. Contents include infographics about sealant safety and how sealants work that are designed to be downloaded and shared on social media networks. Additional resources for professionals, including educational handouts to share with clients, are also provided.


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Chickering S, Meister S. 2016. I-Smile™ @ School: 2015 Report on the Iowa Department of Public Health’s School-Based Sealant Program. Des Moines, IA: Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems, 4 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 describes the services and impact of a school-based dental sealant program to prevent oral disease and improve the oral health of children in Iowa. The program provides students with onsite screening, sealants, fluoride varnish, oral health education, and care-coordination services. Topics include trends in the number of children who were screened, the number of children who received sealants, the number of sealants placed, and the number of counties served. The report also documents the number of cavities averted due to program services and gives an example of a success story.


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Children's Dental Policy. 2015. States stalled on dental sealant programs. Philadelphia, PA: Pew Charitable Trusts, 25 pp

The Pew Charitable Trusts
One Commerce Square 2005 Market Street, Suite 1700
Philadelphia, PA 19103-7077

Telephone: (215) 575-9050
Fax: (215) 575-4939
E-mail: info@pewtrusts.org
Website: http://www.pewtrusts.org
Available from the website.

This report presents findings from a survey of dental directors and state dental boards to assess progress on four benchmarks reflecting the reach, efficiency, and effectiveness of state dental sealant programs. Topics include the extent to which sealant programs are serving high-need schools, whether dental hygienists are allowed to place sealants in school programs without a dentist's prior exam, whether states collect data and participate in a national database, and the proportion of students receiving sealants across the state. State fact sheets are also available.


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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, description of dental sealant programs, and related materials are available from the website.


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Oregon Health Authority, Oral Health Program. 2016. Certification for local school dental sealant programs. Portland, OR: Oregon Health Authority, 6 pp

Oregon Health Authority, Oral Health Program
800 N.E. Oregon Street, Suite 850
Portland, OR 97232

Telephone: (971) 673-0348
Secondary Telephone: (971) 673-0372
Fax: (971) 673-0240
E-mail: oral.health@state.or.us
Website: https://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/oralhealth/Pages/index.aspx
Available from the website.

This document presents the final text rule requiring local school-based dental sealant programs (SBSPs) in Oregon to be certified by the Oregon Health Authority before they can provide dental sealants. Contents include guidance on the requirements for certification, the application process for certification and recertification, monitoring of SBSPs, and decertification or provisional certification for programs that are out of compliance. Information about certification and clinical training is also available.

     

More library materials


Selected Websites

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

American Dental Association

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Community Preventive Service Task Force

HealthyPeople.gov

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Oral Health America


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