Mississippi Seals is a preventive dental program that provides free services in schools throughout the state.
Mississippi Seals services include dental screenings, fluoride varnish applications and dental sealants. In addition to offering school-based dental prevention, the program collects dental disease data and works to improve access to care for children and families in Mississippi.
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to prevent cavities. By covering the chewing surfaces of the molars, sealants keep out the bacteria and food that cause decay. Sealants are safe, painless, and take only minutes for a dental professional to apply. No drilling or anesthesia is required.
How Does the Program Work?
The Mississippi Seals coordinator recruits qualified dental professionals in your community to implement a school-based dental sealant program. Schools are selected based on program eligibility. On-site dental screenings, sealants, and fluoride varnish applications are provided using portable equipment or mobile units for minimal class time disruption. Parental consent is required for participation, and dental referrals are provided to all participants for follow-up care.
Who is Eligible?
Eligible schools are defined as those located in urban areas in which more than 50 percent of the student population of that school participates in Federal or State free and reduced lunch programs; and rural school districts having a median income that is at or below 235 percent of the federal poverty line. All children enrolled at participating schools are eligible regardless of recent dental visits, dental coverage, or ability to pay.
How Do I Get Involved?
To get your school involved, or to participate as a dental provider, download the appropriate program enrollment form below and submit to:
Carla Bassett, RDH
Mississippi State Department of Health
School-Based Program Coordinator
PO Box 2487
Laurel, MS 39442-2487