Seal-A-Smile Program

The Seal-A-Smile Program was created in collaboration with Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin to improve the oral health of Walworth County’s children through school-linked dental sealant programs. Since 2010, the Walworth County Public Health Department has partnered with Registered Dental Hygienists to provide dental services to 2nd and 5th grade students. This program provides oral health education, screening, sealant placement, and fluoride varnish application free of charge. Students also receive a toothbrush and toothpaste. Second grade students will be seen again in 3rd grade for a follow-up visit.

Why does my student need this?
Tooth decay is one of the most common health problems in children. Decay causes pain and can prevent your child from eating, sleeping, and learning properly. Sealants keep out plaque and food while fluoride helps prevent early decay. Together, sealants and fluoride keep teeth healthy and strong, preventing the need for unnecessary fillings and other dental procedures.

What is a sealant?
A sealant is a thin, tooth colored plastic coating that is painted on a tooth to help prevent cavities from forming. The sealants act as a barrier, protecting teeth from plaque and acids. Your student will be checked to determine which teeth can have sealants and they will be placed the same day. If your student already has sealants, the hygienist will check them and repair those that may no longer be there.

What is fluoride varnish?
Fluoride varnish is topical gel that is painted onto the teeth. It strengthens teeth and makes them more resistant to decay. It also repairs small areas of decay before they can become big cavities. Like sealant placement, this procedure is also quick, simple, and painless.

How do I sign up?
Forms and informational brochures will be available through your student’s elementary school. If you would like your student to participate in this program, please fill out the forms completely and return them to school.

Questions?

Contact your student’s school to discuss the Seal-A-Smile Program.