School-Based Dental Sealant Program

Dental sealants have been identified as a safe and effective strategy for preventing tooth decay. According to the Centers for Disease Control, school-age children without dental sealants are likely to have three times as many cavities as children with sealants. Fluoride varnish is another tactic that works together with sealants to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride varnish has been shown to prevent about one-third of decay in baby teeth. In line with this research, Community Dental Care established a School-based Dental Sealant Program in 2011 to reduce cavities in the permanent teeth of elementary school-aged children and to improve their oral health. What began with five schools has now expanded to 23 schools across the Twin Cities.