One of the most common dental health issues among children is tooth decay. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infection in kids. Fortunately, studies show that sealants (plastic coatings placed on the chewing surfaces of teeth) are an effective tool in fighting tooth decay when children receive treatment at the appropriate age.
For the past three years, the children’s dental campaign of the Pew Charitable Trusts has monitored sealant use in low-income children in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The most recent survey shows that many states should do more to expand dental sealant programs in high-need schools. Delta Dental of Rhode Island has supported recently passed legislation that will help improve access to sealants.