Tooth decay is a major problem in Hawaii, especially among keiki.
And a recent Pew Center report gave the state an F for its efforts to prevent decay by improving access for low-income children to dental sealants — clear plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of molars. Hawaii was one of five states to receive a failing grade.
But Hawaii lawmakers this session are considering a bill that aims to enhance children’s access to sealants. The proposal would permit dental hygienists to apply sealants at schools and require the Department of Health to establish