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Resources for School-based Sealant Programs

The Ohio Department of Health has created a School-based Sealant Program (SBSP) Reference Guide for Tooth Surface Assessment and Selection.

The 2018 School-based Dental Sealant Program Manual provides information and standards for SBSPs funded by the ODH. ODH-funded SBSPs must comply with the requirements in this manual.

Seal America: The Prevention Invention, 3rd Edition is an online manual that provides practical guidance for new programs, and may help existing programs that want to improve their operations.

The Ohio Safety Net Dental Clinics website offers a free continuing education course for dentists and dental hygienists on SBSPs.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention convened an expert workgroup to update guidelines for the use of sealants in SBSPs. These were published in the November 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association.

The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) publishes reports on “best practices” being implemented by state and community dental programs. The Best Practice Approach Report on School-based Sealant Programs describes SBSPs, determines the strength of evidence on the effectiveness of SBSPs, and illustrates implementation with current practice examples.

Other resources include: Targeting School-based Sealant Programs: Who is at “Higher Risk”? and Do School-based Dental Sealant Programs Reach Higher Risk Children?


Page Updated: 2/1/2018
Page Reviewed: 6/1/2018