Dental Sealants Resources
Oral Health Resource Bulletin: Volume 46 - This bulletin from the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) at Georgetown University, features materials on the COVID-19 pandemic, data and surveillance, policy, professional education and practice, program development, public awareness and education, and systems integration. Examples of materials include information for parents about promoting good oral health for their child and taking their child to the dental office during the pandemic, an oral health policy equity tool, an infographic about the benefits of community water fluoridation, a compendium of rural oral health best practices, and a series of handouts about keeping teeth healthy across generations. The resource bulletin is available at https://www.mchoralhealth.org/materials/resource-bulletins.php. (May 2021)
Infection Prevention & Control Guide for School Sealant Programs During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) -The Infection Prevention & Control Guide for School Sealant Programs During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is designed to supplement CDC guidance with additional considerations for practical implementation. The primary objective is to protect the health, safety, and well-being of students, teachers, staff, and dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) who participate in school sealant programs (SSPs). (February 2021)
Infection Prevention and Control Resources
Dental Sealant Resources
Dental Sealants: A Resource Guide (5th ed.) - Dental sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from cavities by covering them with a protective shield that blocks out germs and food. This guide from the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) at Georgetown University, features materials on policy, practice guidance, professional education and training, public education, and state and local programs to help promote the use of dental sealants. Three entries explore the implications of dental sealant placement during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also includes descriptions of organizations that can provide additional support. The resource guide is available at https://www.mchoralhealth.org/announcements/dental-sealants-jun2021.php. (June 2021)
ASTDD Dental Sealant Standardization Training - This ASTDD developed PowerPoint presentation is designed to train and/or assist dental providers with standardizing the process of selecting teeth for sealant placement. The training includes a didactic presentation to assist with tooth selection criteria using clinical photographs for dental providers. Both the PowerPoint and pretest/post-test presentations are meant to be used for information dissemination and to show clinical examples of sound, cavitated, and non-cavitated lesions on tooth surfaces. (February 2020).
Compendium of Dental Sealant Resources (March 2022)
When Regulations Block Access to Oral Health Care, Children at Risk Suffer: The School Dental Sealant Program Dilemma
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 forÂ school-based sealant programs funded by the Ohio Department of Health. (February 2018)
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)
National Network for Oral Health Access: Dental Sealants in the COVID-19 World - In response to COVID-19, health center dental programs must make adaptations to reduce aerosols generated during dental procedures. Dental sealants, one of the most effective methods for caries prevention, has historically been an aerosol-generating procedure (AGP). Prevention of dental decay is still important during the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar discussed the rationale for continuing to place sealants in health centers and the evidence base for dental sealants. GC America discussed how to place glass ionomer sealants while producing minimal aerosols so that children can continue to receive the benefit of dental sealants in the COVID-19 world.
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.
Susan O. Griffin, PhD, Shellie Kolavic Gray, DMD, Dolores M. Malvitz, DrPH, Barbara F.Gooch DMD, MPH. 2009. Caries Risk in Formerly Sealed Teeth. Journal of the American Dental Association. 140(4): 415-23.