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Hillsborough County School Based Sealant Program

Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County

The school-based dental sealant program will provide sealants to children unlikely to receive them otherwise. School based sealant programs are one of the leading evidence based interventions to prevent tooth decay. Our program launched in the 2012-2013 school year with 8 Title I elementary schools and will continue serve all Title I elementary schools for the 2015-2016 school year.

Who qualifies for the program?

  • Second graders of Hillsborough County Title 1 Elementary schools
  • Ten percent of 3rd graders from previous year will be rechecked.

What services does the program provide?

  • Dental screening
  • Sealants if applicable
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Goodie bag and a referral to a dental home
  • Other dental services such as x-rays ,fillings, root canals, etc. at a referred dental home

Will my child leave the school?

  • No, the dental coach will be parked outside in front of the school for 2-3 days during school hours.
  • Portable units may be utilized in the classrooms for 2-3 days during school hours.

Do I have to make an appointment?

  • No, your child will bring home a consent form (English form or Spanish form) to be signed by a parent/guardian and to be returned to their teacher.

Is the service free?

  • Yes, if the child does not have Medicaid then the Florida Department of Health will pay for dental needs while the child is in the appropriate grade.

Any questions concerning our dental programs, please call our dental coordinator, at 813-373-8665.