Dental sealants can help reduce children's risk of tooth decay, and the U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends implementing or strengthening school-based sealant programs, but many such programs face funding and other challenges, according to a report from the Children's Dental Health Project. Most sealant programs are part of a broader dental care program that includes screening, prophylaxis, topical fluoride applications and education about oral health, the survey found. The report identifies potential funding sources and describes characteristics of successful school-based sealant programs.

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