Dental Sealant Program
This school program is free of charge and serves about 1,200 Dayton-area second and sixth graders every year. Sealants are plastic coatings that are placed on the biting surface of the permanent molars to help with the prevention of decay. They fill the grooves on the surface to prevent sugars and bacteria from getting into them and causing cavities. Along with fluoride and regular dental visits, the sealant has been able to greatly reduce cavities in children.
The year after the sealant is applied, children are re-examined by a dentist to make sure the seal is still complete and to see if the student has had more teeth come in, which can be sealed at this visit. Retention rate is about 97 percent. If the sealant is broken, it's retouched.
Since 1992 the program has treated over 15,000 school children. The program serves over three dozen schools in Dayton, West Carrollton, Mad River, and Springfield. The grant-funded program is in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Health. Students qualify for these services based on the school’s percentage of the student population that receives free or reduced-cost lunches. Once a school is qualified, all the students in grade 2 and 6 have an opportunity to receive sealants with parental or guardian consent.
The Dental Sealant Program comes to the participating elementary schools and provides the service at the school.