Sealant Clinics

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SCPHD is offering free dental sealants at school-based clinics.

Registered dental hygienists will be placing sealants, which are a safe coating that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of a child's back teeth. This coating helps protect teeth from cavities by keeping germs and food out of the deep grooves in the surface of the teeth. Fluoride varnish will also be provided to all children receiving sealants.

SCPHD will bill Medicaid, Blue Cross, Regence, and Delta Dental for these services; however, children who are uninsured can still be seen at these clinics, and no costs are passed on to families.

What are Sealants?

Sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.

Getting sealants put on is simple and painless. Sealants are painted on as a liquid and quickly harden to form a shield over the tooth.

Why get Sealants?

The most important reason for getting sealants is to avoid tooth decay.

Fluoride in toothpaste and in drinking water protects the smooth surfaces of teeth but back teeth need extra protection. Sealants cover the chewing surfaces of the back teeth and keep out germs and food.

Having sealants put on teeth before they decay may save time and money in the long run by avoiding fillings, crowns, or caps used to fix decayed teeth.

Who Should Get Sealants?

Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in -- before decay attacks the teeth. Other teeth with pits and grooves also might need to be sealed. Teenagers and young adults who are prone to decay may also need sealants.