Dental Sealant Program



The Dental Sealant Program helps kids have healthy teeth. The free program is in some Texas schools for students who qualify. See if your school is part of the program. See if your child qualifies. Contact the Oral Health Program at 512-776-7323 or email

What is Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay, also known as cavities, are holes that form in teeth. Teeth have many small gaps called pits and fissures. That is where germs and food can hide, and it's where most tooth decay starts. Teeth need protection from tooth decay.

There are lots of ways to keep your teeth healthy: eat healthy food; use fluoride in water, toothpaste, and mouth rinse; brush and floss every day; and visit your dentist regularly. Sometimes tooth decay still happens. 

What are Dental Sealants?

To protect the tops of the teeth, ask your dentist about dental sealants. Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are painted on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. They keep germs out of the teeth. Dental sealants can help prevent tooth decay or the need for fillings.

Sealants work and are easy to apply. There are no drills or needles used. 

  1. A dentist or dental hygienist cleans your child's teeth before applying the sealant.
  2. A special cleansing liquid is gently applied on the teeth and is washed off in one minute.
  3. The sealant is painted on the teeth, and bonded to teeth with a special light. It takes about one minute for the sealant to form a protective shield.



Last updated November 10, 2016