Delta Dental Sealant Program™
The Delta Dental Sealant™ Program targeting second and sixth grade children. Dental sealants are a plastic-like material that creates a barrier protecting a tooth from the plaque and acids that cause decay. Children in the second and sixth grades are typically the right age to apply sealants. This noninvasive, cost effective method of preventing tooth decay can last for years to come. Because children without dental insurance are more likely than their peers to suffer from dental disease and go without dental care, this program serves children without insurance at no charge to their families.
In 2006, 14 schools in Maricopa County, in the Alhambra, Osborn and Washington school districts participated in the Delta Dental Sealant™ Program. In those schools 1,108 students were screened and 888 received sealants. In Pima County, 700 children received sealant services and the brand new program in Mohave served 98 students. This year more than 5,000 teeth were protected as a result of the program. The funding from the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation increases the number of uninsured children served by 74% across the state.
The program solicits schools each summer and is a voluntary program. As soon as school begins parents are sent educational materials outlining this free program available to all second and sixth grade students. Parents complete the consent forms to have their child screened and to determine their insurance eligibility. Only those students without insurance are offered services in this program, however, all children are given toothbrushes, floss, toothpaste and each school receives an oral health curriculum kit, Teeth on the Go, developed by Delta Dental of Rhode Island. Working with great partners, the Arizona State Bureau of Oral Health, the BHHS Legacy Foundation and the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation plans to expand both the number of students served and the number of schools participating!