SARASOTA, Dec. 13, 2016 - Sarasota County Schools has
partnered with the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County to provide a
free dental sealant program for second-grade students at selected schools. The goal is
to stop tooth decay. A registered dental hygienist will visit schools and teach
participating children how to properly brush their teeth, provide a fluoride
treatment, and place dental sealants on the chewing surfaces of their back teeth.
The sealant is a safe and painless thin plastic
coating to keep food and germs off the chewing surfaces of teeth. Sealants can
protect against 85 percent of cavities on the chewing surfaces of the back
teeth. The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, the American Dental Association and the American
Academy of Pediatrics recommend dental sealants as an important and effective
way to promote good dental health. Healthy teeth and gums can lead to
better overall health. (Please note that health officials say this program is
not meant to replace a complete dental check-up by a licensed dentist.)
Second-grade students at the following schools are
eligible for the free dental sealants. Parents at participating schools will be
reminded when the program is scheduled at their child’s school but can also check the scheduled dates below.
Schools are listed in alphabetical order, followed by dates for the program at each school:
Alta Vista Elementary
8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, March 7-10
8:15 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday, April 12-13, Monday-Tuesday, April 17-18
8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10, Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 13-15
8:15 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday-Friday, April 20-21, Monday-Tuesday, April 24-25
Emma E. Booker Elementary
8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Friday, Jan 20, Monday-Wednesday, Jan. 23-25
8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, May 2-5
8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 6-8
8:15 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, May 9-12
8:15 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, March 21-24
8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 30-31, Wednesday, Feb. 1
Gulf Gate Elementary
8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28, Wednesday-Friday, March 1-3
Imagine School at North Port
8 a.m.-2:45 p.m., Thursday-Friday, April 27-28
8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, March 28-31
Suncoast School for Innovative Studies
8 a.m.-2:55 p.m., Friday, Feb. 17, Tuesday, Feb. 21
Toledo Blade Elementary
8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, April 5-7, Monday, April 10
8:15 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday-Friday Jan. 10-13 and Wednesday, Jan. 18
8:15 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 22-24
If your child is in second grade at one of these
schools, click here for parent
information about the benefits of dental sealants.
A permission form must be completed for a second-grade
student to participate in the program.
If your child is a second-grade student at a
participating school, the permission form will be sent home in your child’s
backpack. Please complete and return the form tomorrow.
If you do not have a permission form:
for the permission form in English.
for the permission form in Spanish.
Click here for information about dental sealants and dental clinics at the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota
Parents of second-grade students at participating schools who have questions about the free dental
sealant program may call the School Health Office at 941-927-9000, extension 32101.