Dental Sealants Resources
A strong research base finds that dental sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay. Sealants can reduce the risk of decay in permanent molars-the teeth most prone to cavities-by 80 percent in the first two years after application and continue to be effective after more than four years. Yet most low-income children-who are least likely to receive routine dental care-lack sealants. This report describes the nature of the barriers that affect school dental sealant program expansion and includes examples of states where Pew has confirmed they exist. The report's appendix provides more detail on the perceptions of state dental directors. (August 2018)
School-Based Dental Sealant Programs Curriculum
The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center has just completed School-Based Dental Sealant Programs (2nd ed.), a series of five online modules that offer continuing education credits or a completion certificate. 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. View the curriculum at https://www.mchoralhealth.org/Dental-Sealant/. (July 2018)
Ohio Department of Health 2018 School-based Dental Sealant Program Manual provides information and standards for school-based sealant programs funded by the Ohio Department of Health. (February 2018)
School Dental Sealant Programs White Paper (November 2017)
An Assessment of Mobile and Portable Oral Dentistry Programs to Improve Population Oral Health
The Oral Health Workforce Research Center (OHWRC) at the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) at the University at Albany's School of Public Health completed a research project to assess the contributions of mobile and portable dentistry programs to increased access to oral health services. The project used a qualitative methodology and included case studies of 7 organizations across the United States that were providing oral health services in a mobile or portable format. (August 2017)
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. (2016)
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. (2015)
Survey of School-Based Oral Health Programs Operated by Health Centers
National Network for Oral Health Access Survey of School-Based Oral Health Programs Operated by Health Centers - This paper presents the results of a national online survey of Health Centers that National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) conducted in June 2013 to obtain information about school-based oral health programs located in school-based health centers (SBHCs) and operated by Health Centers. Survey respondents were dental directors from Health Centers that currently have school-based oral health programs. Sixty-two Health Centers from 29 states that provided school-based oral health programs completed the survey. The paper also presents results from two follow-up focus groups held in August 2013 with dental directors or school-based program managers from 10 Health Centers with large school-based oral health programs. (July 2014)
Dental sealants: Proven to Prevent Tooth Decay
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. (2014)
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. (2009)
Tools, Tips, and Strategies to Increase Consents in School Sealant Programs This webinar hosted by ASTDD School and Adolescent Oral Health Committee featured Mary Pat Burgess, MBA, RDH program director, City of Chicago School-Based Oral Health Program and Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH associate director, Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin. These presenters shared their experiences with school sealant programs in Chicago and Wisconsin, their challenges to getting positive parental consents, useful strategies for tackling barriers, and innovative and tested tips and tools used to increase utilization. (Part 1 of 3 series)
SAOH Consent Presentation 5-15-2019 PowerPoint
SAOH Consent Presentation 5-15-2019 Crespin PowerPoint
Successfully Working with Schools To Improve Oral Health Consent Returns ASTDD School and Adolescent Oral Health Committee webinar brings you the second of a three part series of webinars focused on ways to increase consent for school oral health services. The webinar features Nichole Bobo, director of nursing education, National Association of School Nurses and Kimberly Bartolomucci, program manager, The Oral Health Forum. The presentation addresses ways to partner with school nurses and school systems in promoting school positive consent for oral health services.
SAOH Consent Presentation 7-17-2019 PowerPoint
Successfully Partnering with Students to Improve School Oral Health - ASTDD School and Adolescent Oral Health Committee brings you the final webinar of a three part series focused on ways to increase consent for school oral health services. This webinar features Jessica Daniels of Youth Empowerment Solutions! (YES!) and Camilo Menjia of Catalyst Miami. Both organizations promote health equity, social justice and the importance and power of youth led oral health programs and education. The presenters talked about the benefits for actively engaging youth in school oral health programs and some key strategies for engaging and retaining youth in school oral health programs.
Success Stories from School Sealant Programs - Healthy People 2020 objective OH 12-2 is to "Increase the portion of children aged 6-9 years who have received dental sealants on one or more of their permanent first molar teeth." Building a successful school-based dental sealant program is a means of meeting this objective. In this webcast, three presenters from various school-based sealant programs, present information about an important school-based dental sealant program component and share a story around building a successful sealant program. Resources, such as the ASTDD School-based Dental Sealant Best Practice Approach Report and the 2017 Children's Dental Health Project, Sealant Work Group Recommendations as well as other state manuals and reports, will be shared for future use in building a successful program. (November 2017)
Introduction and Resources PowerPoint
Terri Chandler PowerPoint
Stephanie Chickering PowerPoint
Matt Crespin PowerPoint
Infographic Example – Nevada Hospital Emergency Room usage
Infographic Example – Future Smiles Statewide Summary Report
Infographic Example – Martinez Elementary School Report
Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines and Recommendations
The Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectations for Safe Care summarizes current infection prevention recommendations published since the 2003 guideline and represents infection prevention expectations for safe care in dental settings. The Summary is intended for use by anyone needing information about basic infection prevention measures in dental health care settings, but is not a replacement for the more extensive guidelines. Readers are urged to consult the full guidelines for additional background, rationale, and scientific evidence behind each recommendation.
Wright JT, Crall JJ, Fontana M, Gillette J, Novy BB, Dhar V, Donly K, Hewlett ER, Quinonez RB, Chaffin J, Crespin M, Iafolla T, Siegal MD, Tampi MP, Graham L, Estrich C, Carrasco-Labra A. 2016.Evidence-based clinical practice guideline for the use of pit-and-fissure sealants: A report of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Journal of the American Dental Association 147(8):672-682.
Wright JT, Tampi MP, Graham L, Estrich C, Crall JJ, Fontana M, Gillette J, Novy BB, Dhar V, Donly K, Hewlett ER, Quinonez RB, Chaffin J, Crespin M, Iafolla T, Siegal MD, Carrasco-Labra A. 2016. Sealants for preventing and arresting pit-and-fissure occlusal caries in primary and permanent molars: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials-a report of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Journal of the American Dental Association 147(8):631-645.