Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
What is a sealant?
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are painted on the chewing surfaces of back teeth in order to help prevent cavities. Placing sealants on the teeth to prevent decay will also save time and money in the long run by avoiding fillings and crowns (caps) used to fix decayed teeth. Sealants are painless and usually take 3-5 minutes per tooth to apply. Sealants can last as long as 5-10 years, but should be checked regularly by your dentist.
Sealants are designed to protect the chewing surface of back permanent teeth; a dentist decides which teeth are healthy for sealant application.
Should I send in a permission form if my child has already had dental sealants?
Yes. Your child may have grown in new permanent teeth that need dental sealants. We also recheck sealants that have already been placed to see if they are in need of repair.
How was my school chosen for the school based dental sealant
We are contracted to work with elementary and middle schools whose population has 50% or greater free and reduced lunch status. Every child in the school is eligible for the program regardless of household income.
How long will you be in our school?
This amount of time depends on how many children need sealants. Once the exams/screenings are completed we can offer an estimated time frame.
What are the yellow permission forms and when do I turn them in?
Completed and signed permission forms are necessary for a child to receive dental exams and sealants for our program. We will accept forms until one week prior to completing a school. If a new form is needed, please download (link to Consent for Preventive Dental Services), complete and give to school based dental staff.