Dental Sealants Resources
Ohio Safety-net Dental Clinics School-based Dental Sealant Program Modules
School-Based Dental Sealant Programs, is a series of modules designed to ensure that school-based dental sealant program staff have a thorough understanding of the history, operations, and underlying principles of these programs. The modules provide detailed guidelines for infection control in school-based programs; discuss tooth selection and assessment for dental sealants; review the dental sealant application process; and provide information about program operations, with an emphasis on the specific requirements that apply to programs funded by the Ohio Department of Health.
Children's Dental Health Project Sealant Workgroup Recommendations
The Children's Dental Health Project Sealant Work Group, a 13-member panel of experts, has released a national report. The report offers 16 recommendations to strengthen the operations and sustainability of School-based Sealant Programs. (April 2017)
Seal America: The prevention intervention
This manual, produced by the American Association of Community Dental Programs and the National Material and Child Oral Health Resource Center is designed to assist health professionals in initiating and implementing a school-based dental sealant program. Staff of established programs may also find the manual of interest as they work to improve specific aspects of their programs.
Dental sealants: Proven to prevent tooth decay–A look at issues impacting the delivery of state and local school-based sealant programs
This report, produced by the Children's Dental Health Project, provides an overview of program designs and key issues in school-based dental sealant programs in the United States. Topics include factors that may facilitate or hinder program financing, impact, and sustainability. The report describes the efforts of five states (Illinois, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, and Wisconsin) with longstanding school-based dental sealant programs and provides recommendations for promoting children's oral health through such programs. Appendices include survey forms of pre-tested questions for state and local oral health and dental sealant programs.
Future Smiles Evaluation Report
The 2014-2015 Future Smiles Evaluation Report is an example of a school-based dental sealant program evaluation study. Future Smiles, Inc., is a public health program designed to provide preventive oral health care to children in the Clark County School District (CCSD). Future Smiles and their partners developed a program to provide oral health care to students who are most at risk for oral diseases. ICF International, under contract with Future Smiles, carried out a sub-study of the evaluation to address the following questions: What health and educational benefits do teachers attribute to student participation in Future Smiles? What are the perceptions and experiences of the program as reported by teachers affiliated with the Future Smiles? Interviews of teachers were used to gather feedback on the perceived value of the school-based dental hygiene program provided by Future Smiles at participating schools
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. http://www.mchoralhealth.org/PDFs/schoolhealthfactsheet.pdf.
Beauchamp J, Caufield PW, Crall JJ, Donly KJ, Feigal R, Gooch B, Ismail A, Kohn W, Siegal M, Simonsen R. 2009. Evidence-based clinical recommendations for the use of pit-and-fissure sealants: A report of the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs. Journal of the American Dental Association 139(3):257–268..
Gooch BF, Griffin SO, Gray SK, Kohn WG, Rozier RG, Siegal M, Fontana M, Brunson D, Carter N, Curtis DK, Donly KJ, Haering H, Hill LF, Hinson HP, Kumar J, Lampiris L, Mallatt M, Meyer DM, Miller WR, Sanzi-Schaedel SM, Simonsen R, Truman BI, Zero DT; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2009. Preventing dental caries through school-based sealant programs: Updated recommendations and reviews of evidence. Journal of the American Dental Association 140(11):1356–1365.
Gray SK, Griffin SO, Malvitz DM, Gooch BF. 2009. A comparison of the effects of toothbrushing and handpiece prophylaxis on retention of sealants. Journal of the American Dental Association 140(1):38–46.
Griffin SO, Gray SK, Malvitz DM, Gooch BF. 2009. Caries risk in formerly sealed teeth. Journal of the American Dental Association 140(4):415–423.
Pennsylvania Department of Health. 2009. Put a Seal on Dental Decay: A Parent's Guide About Sealants (rev. ed.). Harrisburg, PA: Pennsylvania Department of Health. http://www.dsf.health.state.pa.us/.
Griffin SO, Jones K, Gray SK, Malvitz DM, Gooch BF. 2008. Exploring four-handed delivery and retention of resin-based sealants. Journal of the American Dental Association 139(3):281–289.
Scherrer CR, Griffin PM, Swann JL. 2007. Public health sealant delivery programs: Optimal delivery and the cost of practice acts. Medical Decision Making 27(6):762–771. http://mdm.sagepub.com/.