School-Based and School-Linked Dental Sealant Programs


Community Health Alliance School-Based Dental Sealant Program

CHA is the largest provider of dental care services to children and adults in Northern Nevada. Check-ups, sealants and preventive visits are offered to young children through their mobile programs and all patients are welcome at their Wells Avenue Dental Center.

Mobile services by appointment only * Location varies * (775) 329-6300

Future Smiles

All oral health services are provided by Future Smiles, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, with a mission to increase access to preventive oral health care in an at-risk population. They provide no cost/low cost oral health care to at-risk children (uninsured and Medicaid/CHIP). Their services are provided at local schools and include: preventive oral health care- screenings, education, dental cleaning, protective sealants and fluoride varnish. They refer to their school setting as an EPOD: School-Based Health Center for Education and Prevention of Oral Disease.  The program's success stems from a unique delivery system that starts the early stages of preventative oral health learning with intent to decrease the incidence of oral disease. Through their delivery model they strive for health and future success of the whole child. 

Phone (702) 889-3763 * Email: futuresmiles@centurylink.net

UNLV SDM, Seal Nevada South Program

Since 2002, the Seal Nevada South (SNS) Program has provided more than $170,000 worth of care to more than 25,000 elementary school students in Clark County. This program offers oral health education, oral hygiene instruction, oral health screenings, dental sealants and fluoride varnish to second- and third-grade students at underprivileged schools.

Many of the children seen through the SNS Program have never seen a dentist before due to a lack of healthcare coverage or a means to pay for services elsewhere.  The SNS Program provides basic oral hygiene instruction as well as preventive services such as screenings, sealants and fluoride varnish applications. Following treatment, teachers are asked to complete a survey regarding their pupils to identify the links between oral health hygiene, nutrition and school performance.