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Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Alabama Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

D

How well is Alabama protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

<25%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Most severe restrictions Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

ALABAMA earned 3 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

Yes – and submitted recent data

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Alaska Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

A

How well is Alaska protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

>75%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Some restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

Yes

Yes

ALASKA earned 10 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Arizona Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

D

How well is Arizona protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

25-49%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Severe restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

ARIZONA earned 5 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Arkansas Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

D

How well is Arkansas protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

<25%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Most severe restrictions Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

ARKANSAS earned 3 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

Yes – and submitted recent data

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

California Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

C

How well is California protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

<25%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

No restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – but no recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

CALIFORNIA earned 6 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Colorado Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

B

How well is Colorado protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

25-49%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

No restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

COLORADO earned 8 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Connecticut Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

B

How well is Connecticut protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

50-74%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

No restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

CONNECTICUT earned 9 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Delaware Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

C

How well is Delaware protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

>75%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Severe restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – but no recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

DELAWARE earned 6 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

F

Washington, D.C. Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

How well is Washington, D.C., protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

<25%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Most severe restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

No data submitted

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

WASHINGTON, D.C., earned 1 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Florida Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

D

How well is Florida protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

<25%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

No restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

No data submitted

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

FLORIDA earned 5 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Georgia Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

C

How well is Georgia protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

25-49%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Some restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

GEORGIA earned 7 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

F

Hawaii Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

How well is Hawaii protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

<25%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Most severe restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

No data submitted

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

HAWAII earned 1 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Idaho Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

B

How well is Idaho protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

25-49%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

No restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

Yes

Yes

IDAHO earned 9 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Illinois Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

C

How well is Illinois protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

50-74%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Severe restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

ILLINOIS earned 6 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Indiana Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

D

How well is Indiana protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

50-74%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Most severe restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

No data submitted

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

INDIANA earned 3 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

C

Iowa Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

How well is Iowa protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

25-49%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Some restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

IOWA earned 7 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Kansas Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

C

How well is Kansas protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

25-49%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Some restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – but no recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

KANSAS earned 6 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Kentucky Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

D

How well is Kentucky protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

<25%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Severe restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – but no recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

KENTUCKY earned 3 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Louisiana Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

D

How well is Louisiana protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

<25%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Severe restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

LOUISIANA earned 4 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Maine Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

A

How well is Maine protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

>75%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

No restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

Yes

Yes

MAINE earned 11 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Maryland Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

B

How well is Maryland protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

50-74%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

No restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – but no recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

MARYLAND earned 8 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Massachusetts Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

B

How well is Massachusetts protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

50-74%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Some restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

MASSACHUSETTS earned 8 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Michigan Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

C

How well is Michigan protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

<25%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

No restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

MICHIGAN earned 7 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Minnesota Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

B

How well is Minnesota protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

25-49%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Some restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

Yes

Yes

MINNESOTA earned 8 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Mississippi Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

D

How well is Mississippi protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

<25%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Most severe restrictions Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

MISSISSIPPI earned 3 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

Yes – and submitted recent data

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Missouri Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

D

How well is Missouri protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

None

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Some restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – but no recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

MISSOURI earned 4 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

F

Montana Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

How well is Montana protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

None

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Severe restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – but no recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

MONTANA earned 2 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Nebraska Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

D

How well is Nebraska protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

<25%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Some restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – but no recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

NEBRASKA earned 5 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Nevada Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

C

How well is Nevada protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

<25%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Some restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

NEVADA earned 6 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

New Hampshire Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

A

How well is New Hampshire protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

>75%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

No restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

Yes

Yes

NEW HAMPSHIRE earned 11 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

F

New Jersey Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

How well is New Jersey protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

25-49%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Most severe restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

No data submitted

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

NEW JERSEY earned 2 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

New Mexico Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

C

How well is New Mexico protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

25-49%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

No restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – but no recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

NEW MEXICO earned 7 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

New York Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

C

How well is New York protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

25-49%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

No restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – but no recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

NEW YORK earned 7 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

F

North Carolina Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

How well is North Carolina protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

<25%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Severe restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

No data submitted

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

NORTH CAROLINA earned 2 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

North Dakota Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

A

How well is North Dakota protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

50-74%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

No restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

Yes

Yes

NORTH DAKOTA earned 10 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

C

Ohio Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

How well is Ohio protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

50-74%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Severe restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

Yes

Yes

OHIO earned 7 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Oklahoma Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

D

How well is Oklahoma protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

None

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Some restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

OKLAHOMA earned 5 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Oregon Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

B

How well is Oregon protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

50-74%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

No restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

OREGON earned 9 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Pennsylvania Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

D

How well is Pennsylvania protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

<25%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Some restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – but no recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

PENNSYLVANIA earned 5 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Rhode Island Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

C

How well is Rhode Island protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

>75%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Severe restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

RHODE ISLAND earned 7 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

South Carolina Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

C

How well is South Carolina protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

25-49%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Some restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

SOUTH CAROLINA earned 7 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

South Dakota Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

D

How well is South Dakota protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

<25%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Severe restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

Yes

Yes

SOUTH DAKOTA earned 5 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Tennessee Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

D

How well is Tennessee protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

25-49%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Severe restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

No data submitted

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

TENNESSEE earned 3 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Texas Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

D

How well is Texas protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

<25%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Most severe restrictions Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

TEXAS earned 3 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

Yes – and submitted recent data

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

C

Utah Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

How well is Utah protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

25-49%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Some restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

UTAH earned 7 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Vermont Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

C

How well is Vermont protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

50-74%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Some restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – but no recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

VERMONT earned 7 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Virginia Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

C

How well is Virginia protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

25-49%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Some restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

VIRGINIA earned 7 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Washington Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

B

How well is Washington protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

25-49%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

No restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

Yes

Yes

WASHINGTON earned 9 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

West Virginia Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

C

How well is West Virginia protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

25-49%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Some restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

WEST VIRGINIA earned 7 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

Wisconsin Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

A

How well is Wisconsin protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

50-74%

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

No restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

Yes – and submitted recent data

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

Yes

Yes

WISCONSIN earned 10 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.


Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants

2012 GRADE

F

Wyoming Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that take only a few minutes to apply to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, the most cavity-prone teeth. Research shows that school-based sealant programs reduce tooth decay by 60 percent at one-third the cost of a filling.

How well is Wyoming protecting kids from tooth decay? Sealant Benchmarks

State

Goal

% of high-need schools with sealant programs

None

75%+

Unnecessary rules restricting hygienists from applying sealants in schools*

Most severe restrictions

No restrictions

Participation in National Oral Health Surveillance System

No data submitted

Yes – and submitted recent data

Meeting Healthy People 2010 sealant goal

No

Yes

WYOMING earned 0 out of a possible 11 points.

Grading: A = 10-11 B = 8-9 C = 6-7 D = 3-5 F = 0-2

For a detailed description of the grading system, see the Methodology section of the report at www.pewstates.org/dentalsealants-methodology.

To see all states’ grades, see the map at www.pewstates. org/dental-sealants.

* Pew surveyed states to learn whether regulations require dentists to examine children before hygienists can apply sealants at schools – restrictions that research shows are unnecessary. State policies were categorized as follows: A dentist’s exam is not required – no restrictions; a dentist’s exam is sometimes required (e.g., certain classifications of dental hygienists can apply sealants without a dentist’s prior exam) – some restrictions; a dentist’s exam is always required – severe restrictions; and a dentist’s exam is always required and the dentist must remain on-site while the hygienist applies the sealant – most severe restrictions.

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