Success Story: Advocating to Increase age limit for dental sealants


Oral Health Ohio, along with other stakeholders, advocated to increase the age limit in which Medicaid beneficiaries can receive dental sealants from age 18 to 21.

Dental sealants create a physical barrier on teeth to block bacteria and foods that lead to cavities and are the most effective and least invasive preventive method available in protecting the chewing surfaces of back teeth. Dental sealants are cost effective, as they reduce the need for more costly dental treatment.


OUR IMPACT & OUTCOMES:

The Ohio Department of Medicaid recently raised the age in which beneficiaries can receive dental sealants from age 18 to 21.
Historically, sealants have been prioritized for younger children, but expanding placement to teens and young adults is equally important. The addition of Medicaid reimbursement for an expanded age range will aid in prevention efforts to lower life-time risk for cavities.