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Ohio's School-based Sealant Programs (SBSPs)

SBSPs are targeted to schools where 40 percent or more of the students are eligible for the state's Free and Reduced Price Meals Program. In 2018, ODH provides grant funds to 15 SBSPs.  A map of these ODH- and locally-funded sealant programs shows that the programs are mostly in southeastern Ohio and in Ohio’s major cities. These areas are more likely to have children from low-income families who have trouble getting dental care.

Dental sealants are placed on children’s teeth and parents are told if other dental care is needed. Sometimes school staff help families find a regular dentist. Students are checked the next school year to make sure that the sealants placed the previous year are intact, and to put sealants on teeth that have just erupted.

Placing Sealants

This photo shows a child getting dental sealants at school. 

To learn more about Ohio's program, please view:


Page Updated: 12/18/2017  
Page Reviewed: 02/01/2018