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    Dental Sealant Resources for ​Oral Health Professionals


    The Maryland Office of Oral Health offers continuing education credits to dental professionals through the Maryland Mighty Tooth School-Based Dental Sealant Training Program.


    The Maryland Office of Oral Health has a variety of oral health brochures available at no cost to health professionals and the general public. Visit the Request Printed Materials page to download a dental sealant brochure and other oral health brochures.


    Oral health professionals are encouraged to provide dental sealants to children, particularly to those children who are most at-risk for dental caries. The definition of dental caries risk varies between clinical and school settings.


    Dental caries risk assessment in clinical settings describes those most at risk as: low-income, past caries history, positive family history of caries, low fluoride exposure, poor oral hygiene and dietary personal behaviors, and lacking a dental home.


    School-based sealant programs generally identify at-risk children as those participating in a Free or Reduced Federal Meal Program or attending a Title I school.


    Public health dental sealant programs include both school-based and school-linked components.


    School-based dental sealant programs provide screening, education, and dental sealant application in a school setting. Often times, dental teams set up in gyms, stages, unused rooms, nurses’ offices or school based health centers to provide these services in an efficient manner to a large number of children.


    School-linked sealant programs provide screening and education within a school and refer those students that are in need of dental sealants and/or treatment, and do not have a dental home, back to their dental clinic. Those with a dental home are referred back to their private dentist.


    Passed in 2008, the PHDHA enables public health dental hygienists to practice under general supervision in off-site settings such as schools, Head Start and WIC programs without a dentist being physically present and/or examining the patient first. To become a public health dental hygienist, one must be a dental hygienist, licensed in Maryland, and have at least 2 years of direct clinical care experience.


    Annually, the Office of Oral Health issues grant funding​ to Local Health Departments to support school-based and/or school-linked dental sealant programs.


    Medical professionals are encouraged to refer their patients to a dental home by age one and ensure oral health remains a priority throughout the lifespan. The Maryland Oral Health Resource Guide​ can be used as a referral tool.​