Seal RI! School Based Dental Sealant Program

Mission

SEAL RI! is a Department of Health program that partners with Rhode Island community organizations to provide free high quality oral health services to children while they are at school.

The program provides dental sealants and other preventive services to children across the state. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the surfaces of a child’s back teeth to prevent or reduce tooth decay. Preventing tooth decay early also prevents potential tooth pain and/or missed school in the future and saves money on treatment for your children down the road.

SEAL RI! eligible schools must:

  • be an elementary school with grades 1, 2, or 3
  • have more than 50% of students eligible for the Free & Reduced School Meal Program
  • be located within one of the SEAL RI! funded programs' geographical areas more

What we are doing

School-based dental sealant programs are coordinated in select schools across Rhode Island by five community dental providers. Participating schools will provide parents with information about their school-based dental sealant programs at the beginning of each school year. more

The RI Department of Health supports this program to help all children have access to oral health services and prevent disease. Learn more about the SEAL RI! story.

What you should do

  • Look for the registration form from your school for information on how to get school-based oral health services for your child.
  • If your child’s school does not participate in the SEAL RI! Program, contact your school nurse teacher to ask if their school could partner with the SEAL RI! Program.
  • If your child already has a private dentist, make sure to ask your dentist or dental hygienist about dental sealants.