School-Based Oral Health Prevention Services
We want all children in Wisconsin to have access to high-quality school-based oral health prevention services. Dental sealants prevent 80 percent of cavities in back teeth, where 9 in 10 cavities occur. Sealants are a quick, easy and painless way to prevent most cavities children get and can be applied by a dentist or dental hygienist at your child’s school. Applying sealants in schools saves your child time away from class and prevents your child from developing cavities which can cause pain, discomfort, and make eating or concentrating in class difficult. In Wisconsin, 1 in 5 children in third grade has an untreated dental disease which is preventable.
Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile (SAS) is a collaborative effort between the Alliance, Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Delta Dental of Wisconsin. The program’s mission is to improve the oral health of Wisconsin children by providing school-based dental sealants. SAS grantees include dentists, dental hygienists, schools, hospitals, local health departments, community health centers, non-profit agencies, and free clinics.
Sign up your child to receive sealants and other preventive services at school. If your school does not have a Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile program encourage the school to participate.
Early Dental Intervention for All Children
Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile brings preventive dental services to children in more than 850 schools across Wisconsin. Want to see Seal-A-Smile in action? Watch our video for an inside look at school-based dental services.
Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile Program
Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile is one of the nation’s premier school-based dental sealant programs. Nearly 40 programs across Wisconsin are awarded funding annually. These programs provide school-based services to more than 50,000 children. Learn how to select a school-based oral health provider for your community and read about the amazing work of our current Seal-A-Smile grantees.
Is your school is looking to identify a school-based oral health provider? This guide can help you ask the right questions to select a high-quality and reputable program.
Learn about best practices and evidence-based clinical guidelines for school-based sealant programs and the correct placement of dental sealants.
Seal America: The Prevention Invention
This guide provides a step-wise approach for planning and implementing school-based dental sealant programs, and addresses issues related to referring students with unmet oral health needs to a dental clinic or office.
CDHP Sealant Workgroup Recommendations
This report provides 16 recommendations to strengthen the ability of school-based sealant programs to reach more children, especially those most at risk for cavities.
ADA Championing Oral Health in Schools
Use these resources to advocate for oral health in schools.
ADA Evidence-based Guidelines
These clinical practice guidelines provide clinicians with updated recommendations regarding when and how the placement of pit-and-fissure sealants is most likely to be effective in preventing carious lesions on the occlusal surfaces of primary and permanent teeth in children and adolescents.
Seal-A-Smile Grantee Tools & Resources
Thank you for participating in Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile. These resources will assist you through the planning and implementation of your school-based sealant program.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Oral Health Program (OHP) has received funding from state general purpose revenue (GPR) and Delta Dental of Wisconsin to support the Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile (SAS) program. The Alliance is contracted by DHS to administer the SAS program. The Alliance and OHP work collaboratively to manage the entire program. Funding is awarded annually in July and request for proposals are released in April.