School-Based Sealant Program

The goal of the School-Based Sealant Program (SBSP) is to improve the oral health of elementary school-aged children by providing preventative oral health services, such as oral health education, dental sealants, and fluoride varnishes.

In partnership with Fresno County Department of Public Health and Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, SBSP aims to reduce cavities among school-aged children by collaborating with local school districts to provide services:

  • Coordinate dental sealant days at local area schools
  • Communicate screening results to school nurses
  • Coordinate care and case manage necessary dental care needs identified
  • Provide education to children at an age appropriate level

In addition, SBSP collaborates with many organizations including, Fresno EOC Free Medi-Cal Dental Youth Services program (FMDYS) to link children to dental homes for preventative and restorative care.

Families can contact SBSP Outreach Health Educators Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm at (559) 457-7810 to answer any questions regarding the services we offer and to coordinate dental care with a local dental provider.

frequently asked questions

DO ALL CHILDREN RECEIVE DENTAL SCREENINGS IN SCHOOLS?

No, only parents that consent for children to be enrolled will be screened and have sealants placed.

IS THERE A COST?

No, there is not a cost for the screening, but Medi-cal Dental, or insurance information is requested to have dental sealants placed.

WHAT IF MY CHILD ALREADY HAS A DENTIST?

We will coordinate with their dental office to only provide care that has not been provided by their existing dental home and will refer back to dental home for restorative care.

DO DENTAL SEALANTS HURT?

No, dental sealants are a clear resin that is placed on the chewing surface and cured with a light to seal the permanent molars.  No anesthetic is required.

HOW EFFECTIVE ARE DENTAL SEALANTS?
Evidence shows that sealants can prevent 40-80% of cavities.