Dental Sealant Program Summary
Designated schools will be provided a consent form/medical history 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 exams and screenings. Exams (performed by a licensed dentist) will be provided only to students who return their consent forms. Parental/guardian consent is required for participation in the sealant part of this program. A fully charted dental examination is completed on every child, grades K-8, who returns a completed and signed consent form, provided that they are in attendance on the designated exam day(s). If no consent form is returned, the student will receive only a screening. A screening will be done by a dentist or hygienist wearing a mask and gloves and using a mirror and a light source. Please see your school secretary about accepting late consent forms.
All students receiving a dental screening or exam with a rating of “Immediate Need” (pain, abscess, broken or decayed teeth) on the Report of Dental Inspection will be referred to a private or public dental office. If follow-up is necessary you also will receive a letter from the school nurse.
Phase three is actually applying the sealant to the teeth. Once the dentist has completed the fully charted dental exam and selected the teeth to receive sealants, the hygienists return to the school, set up the mobile dental units/equipment, and begin calling students in to have the sealants applied.
Based on the dentist or hygienist recommendation, your child may receive a fluoride varnish application.
All dental procedures conform to OSHA requirements for protection of dental staff and students.