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School-Based Dental Sealant Program

Florida Department of Health in Broward County

Broward County third grader receives dental sealant treatment

The School-Based Dental Sealant Program (SBDS) provides free sealants to children in Title 1 elementary and middle schools. SBDS programs are leading, evidence-based interventions proven to prevent cavities.

The DOH-Broward program started in early 2016. Our dental hygienists visited 60 Title 1 elementary schools and served more than 10,000 students. During the 2016-17 school year, service continues at all 134 Title 1 elementary and middle schools in Broward County.

Who qualifies for the SBDS program in Broward?

  • All students in grades K-7 at Title 1 elementary and middle schools.
  • Call your school or check the Title 1 list to see if sealant service is available.
  • All students served in the prior year will be rechecked.

Is the service free to my family?

Yes. The Department bills your dental insurance or Medicaid, if available. If the child does not have Medicaid, the Department will pay for this service while the child is in appropriate grades. You will never receive a bill from us.

What is dental sealant?

A sealant is a thin coating of plastic applied to the biting surface of molars to protect against cavity-causing bacteria. The treatment has been proven to be 86 percent effective in preventing tooth decay. It is colorless, tasteless and non-toxic.

What services does the SBDS program provide to my child?

  • Dental assessment.
  • Dental Prophylaxis (cleaning).
  • Sealants, if applicable.
  • Fluoride varnish treatment.
  • Goodie bag with dental education book, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and more.
  • Referral to a “dental home” (a dental practice that can give the child regular care).
  • Referral to the dental home for other needed services such as X-rays, fillings and root canals.

Will my child leave the school?

No, SBDS hygienists will set up portable units in the school during school hours.

Do I need an appointment?

No, your child will bring home a consent form to be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to the teacher. You will be notified what date(s) the program offers service at the school.

Questions or concerns?

Please call our Program at 954-467-4700 Ext. 5976.

Dental Sealant Documents