Thursday, June 4, 2009

2007-2012 Results are In!

Sealants for Smiles is pleased to report on the services we have provided from our beginning, July 1, 2007 through December 31, 2012.

308 Weekly school clinics
64,200 Children participated in oral health education
35,265 Children were evaluated by a Utah licensed dental professional
85,690 dental sealants have been placed on 25,012 at-risk Utah children
More than $6 million worth of dental services provided at no cost to parent or school
Conservative estimate: More than $75 million 'cost of care' prevented
The unmet dental needs have decreased from 51% in 2007 to 28% in 2012

Decay incidence is 3.0% (or stated another way, 97.0% of the children had no evidence of dental decay on the sealed teeth!)

A special thank you to all the people, organizations, communities, schools, volunteers, employees and professionals who have made it possible for us to make a difference. For more information on how you can contribute please visit

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out”
-Robert Collier

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Program is Effective in Preventing Dental Decay

An evaluation of 22% the dental sealants placed between July 2007-Dec 2012 on 2nd grade children attending Title I/Low-Income schools resulted in NO EVIDENCE OF DENTAL DECAY IN 97.0% OF THE TEETH SEALED!

Dr. Roger J. Adams
President and CEO
Sealants for Smiles

Monday, April 27, 2009

About Us!

Photos courtesy of Layton Elementary

Sealants for Smiles Sealants for Smiles is the only school-based dental sealants program in Utah. We provide oral health education and application of dental sealants to underserved Utah children. The program serves second and sixth grade children in Title I and low income schools, where more than 50% of children are eligible for free or reduced lunch. The program provides the following services:

1. Oral hygiene education for children.
2. Oral hygiene kits where each child receives a free toothbrush, floss and toothpaste.
3. Oral health screening.
4. Dental sealants.
5. Children with immediate needs are referred to low-cost or no-cost dental care.

Each classroom of 2nd and 6th grade teachers are responsible for obtaining health information and parental permission from the parents.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Sealants for Smiles is saving smiles one child at a time!

April 13-15, 2009 we have the opportunity to visit Northlake Elementary. They're a great school and it was fun to work with their enthusiastic children.

Look at what we were able to accomplish in just a few short days!

7 classrooms were visited
157 children received oral health education
102 children were screened
69 children received sealants
254 sealants were placed

36.3% of those children had unmet dental needs
10.8% of those children had urgent dental needs
10.8% of those children had moderate dental needs
14.7% of those children had early dental neeeds

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Escalante Elementary

Photos Courtesy of Escalante Elementary

Escalante Elementary
1810 West 900 North
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
801 578-8496

"The Escalante community will take responsibility for the well-being and growth of our students and staff. We will promote the qualities of explorers by encouraging knowledge, strength, persistence, diligence, imagination, resilience, courage, and enough faith in ourselves to take risks."

This week Sealants for Smiles had the privilege of helping Escalante Elementary come one step closer in achieving their schools mission statement. By educating children on the importance of oral health and providing preventative oral care through dental sealants we united together with Escalante Elementary in promoting the responsibility for the well-being and growth of children within this community.

Look what we accomplished in just a few days!

8 classrooms were visited
191 children received oral health education
143 children were screened
109 children received sealants
404 sealants were placed

49% of the children had unmet dental needs
9.8% of the children had urgent dental needs
19.6% of the children had moderate dental needs
19.6% of the children had early dental needs