What Can Be Done?

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The Fed­eral gov­ern­ment is

Clas­si­fy­ing pe­di­atric den­tal ser­vices as an es­sen­tial health ben­e­fit to be cov­ered by den­tal in­sur­ance as part of the Af­ford­able Care Act.

Match­ing state costs for ap­ply­ing den­tal sealants for all chil­dren en­rolled in Med­i­caid/CHIP and track­ing pro­gram per­for­mance.

En­cour­ag­ing com­mu­nity health cen­ters with den­tal pro­grams to start or ex­pand school-based sealant pro­grams to help more low-in­come chil­dren.

Help­ing fund states to in­crease the num­ber of den­tal sealant pro­grams.

Pro­vid­ing in­cen­tives for den­tists to prac­tice in un­der­served ar­eas to in­crease ac­cess to den­tal ser­vices.

State of­fi­cials can

Tar­get school-based sealant pro­grams to the ar­eas of great­est need. Track the num­ber of schools and chil­dren par­tic­i­pat­ing in sealant pro­grams.

Im­ple­ment poli­cies that de­liver school-based sealant pro­grams in the most cost-ef­fec­tive man­ner.

Help schools con­nect to Med­i­caid and CHIP, lo­cal health depart­ment clinics, com­mu­nity health cen­ters, and den­tal providers in the com­mu­nity to foster more use of sealants and re­im­burse­ment of ser­vices.

Den­tal care providers can

Ap­ply sealants to chil­dren at high­est risk of cav­i­ties, in­clud­ing those cov­ered by Med­i­caid/CHIP. Do­nate time and re­sources to a school-based den­tal sealant pro­gram.

Learn about school-based den­tal sealant pro­grams and their ef­fec­tive­ness.

Ac­cept chil­dren into their prac­tice who are iden­ti­fied as need­ing more ser­vices when they re­ceive sealants in schools.

School administrators can

Work with the lo­cal or state pub­lic health pro­grams and lo­cal den­tal providers to start school-based sealant pro­grams.

Sup­port hav­ing sealant pro­grams in schools and pro­mote its ben­e­fits to teach­ers, staff, and par­ents. Help chil­dren en­roll in sealant pro­grams by putting in­for­ma­tion for par­ents in reg­is­tra­tion pack­ets in the be­gin­ning of the school year.

En­cour­age schools to de­velop re­la­tion­ships with lo­cal den­tal of­fices and com­mu­nity den­tal clinics to help chil­dren get den­tal care.

Par­ents can

Ask your child’s den­tist to ap­ply sealants when ap­pro­pri­ate.

Sign your child up to par­tic­i­pate in a school-based sealant pro­gram. If your school does not have a sealant pro­gram, ask them to start one.

Find a den­tist if your child needs one. Use the In­sure Kids Now Den­tist Lo­ca­tor:

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