The North Dakota Department of Health (DoH)a Oral Health Program (OHP)b has established a school-based dental sealant program, (SEAL!ND)c , which has been providing dental sealants, fluoride varnish applications, oral health education and dental screenings and referrals for students throughout North Dakota dating back to 2012. All services occur in the school during school hours. School-based sealant programs are a highly effective way to deliver preventive oral health services and dental sealants to children less likely to receive private dental care. The SEAL!ND program prioritizes providing preventive oral health care to low-income and underserved students by targeting schools with 45% or greater of their students enrolled in the free and reduced-fee school lunch (FRFSL) program. The OHP Prevention Coordinator identifies eligible schools utilizing data from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI). d Although schools with a larger proportion of youth who are living in lower-income households are prioritized and covered under federal grant support, additional schools participate in SEAL!ND and receive care from local dental providers.
This report was jointly produced by the North Dakota Department of Health and the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Shawnda Schroeder and Tonya Connor. "Report: Evaluation of SEAL!ND: School Year 2021-2022: North Dakota Department of Health Oral Health Program’s School-Based Dental Sealant Program" (2023). Indigenous Health Faculty Publications. 8.