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% 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 they 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 dental 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 1,100 schools across Wisconsin. Do you have questions about what Seal-A-Smile is and how it works? Watch our video for an inside look at school-based dental services and how they could benefit your child.

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.

Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile Awardees

Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile Awardees

See a list of current Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile programs providing school-based preventive oral health services across the state.

Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile Activity Map

Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile Activity Map

View the proportion of high-risk schools served by Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile programs during 2018-2019.

Selecting a School-Based Program

Selecting a School-Based Program

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.

    Sealant Resources

    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.

      DentaSeal is the online school-based sealant registry that Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile programs use to submit secure data to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. These resources for local program administrators and users will help you understand the functionality and features of DentaSeal.

      The following webinars are intended to help local Seal-A-Smile program administrators and users better understand the functionality of DentaSeal.

       Program Administrators

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      Contact Our Staff

      Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH
      Executive Director
      (414) 337-4562

      Jenna Linden, RDH, CDHC
      Project Leader
      Oral Health
      (414) 337-4576

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      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.

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