Frequently Asked Questions
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tooth decay (dental caries) affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease. Untreated tooth decay causes pain and infections that may lead to problems, such as eating, speaking, playing, and learning. The good news is that tooth decay and other oral diseases that can affect children are preventable. The combination of dental sealants and fluoride has the potential to nearly eliminate tooth decay in school-age children.
Sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the tiny grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. This is where most tooth decay in children and teens occurs. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from decay by keeping germs and pieces of food out.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is confident that dental sealants are safe and effective for children to receive. Sealants have been shown to be a proven benefit to reduce dental decay. We focus our program on the prevention of oral health disease through Education, Dental Sealants, and Fluoride.
If further information is needed, please contact the Oral Health Program at OralHealth@michigan.gov or the school-based sealant program at Smiles on Wheels 517-740-7422.
Information obtained from the State of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.