Designated schools will be provided a Consent for Preventive Dental Services (En Español) permission form to be distributed to each student at the beginning of the school year. To participate in the free dental sealant program, the consent form must be filled out, signed and returned to school.
The program is made up of three phases:
Phase one consists of dental education, which includes recorded (DVD) and live demonstrations on daily brushing, oral hygiene, nutrition and dental sealants
Phase two includes a dental screening available to all students. A screening will be done by a Knox County Health Department (KCHD) licensed public health dental staff professional. They are wearing a mask, gloves, using a mirror and a light source. Students in grades K-8 who return a completed and signed consent form will receive a SEALANT SCREENING AND FREE DENTAL SEALANTS, if needed.
Phase three is actual application of sealants and fluoride varnish, if necessary, to the teeth. We set up the mobile dental equipment at your child’s school in a location designated by the principal. All dental procedures conform to OSHA requirements for protection of the dental staff and students.
All parents or guardians of students receiving a dental screening will receive a Report of Dental Inspection. (En Español) This form notifies the parent of our findings of your child’s dental needs and services provided at your child’s school. If your child is identified as having “Immediate Need” (pain, abscess, broken or decayed teeth), you will be referred to a public or private dental office for evaluation and treatment. If follow-up is necessary you also will receive a letter from the school nurse.