Community Programs: Statewide

The below list identifies programs for populations that have difficulties accessing oral health services. These community-based programs use a variety of educational tools and methods.

Georgia School-based/linked Sealant Program

The Georgia school-based/linked sealant program target children from low-income families who are less likely to receive private dental care. The program generally target schools by using the percentage of children eligible for federal free or reduced-cost lunch programs. Services are provided using mobile van with dental equipment, or portable dental equipment in the school.

This prevention focused program offers: screenings by a dentist or dental hygienist who will determine if the student has teeth that require dental sealants; sealant placement; classroom oral hygiene education; follow-up checks to determine the retention of dental sealants; and referrals for students that require further dental services.

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.

Sealants have been proven to reduce tooth decay by more than 70 percent, resulting in lower dental treatment costs and healthier children.