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- Dental sealants have been used to reduce the incidence and severity of dental caries in the pits and fissures of teeth for over 40 years. 1
- Dental sealants placed by appropriately trained oral health professionals are safe and effective, although underused, in preventing pit-and-fissure dental caries on at-risk tooth surfaces. 1
- Dental sealant benefit is increased by placement of sealants on surfaces at high risk for dental caries or that exhibit incipient carious lesions. 1
- Among children ages 6–11, dental sealant prevalence is lower among non-Hispanic black children and Asian children (31 percent) compared to non-Hispanic white children (44 percent). Non-Hispanic black children have lower dental sealant prevalence (31 percent) compared with Hispanic black children (40 percent). 2
- Among adolescents ages 12–19, dental sealant prevalence is significantly lower for non-Hispanic black adolescents (30 percent) compared with non-Hispanic white (47 percent), Hispanic (40 percent), or Asian (43 percent) adolescents. 2
- Dental sealant prevalence is highest among children and adolescents ages 5–19 from families living at 200 percent or more of the federal poverty level (FPL). Thirty-two percent of children and adolescents from families living at 200 percent or more of the FPL have a dental sealant, compared to seventeen percent of those from families living at or below 100 percent of the FPL. 3
- Children who live in homes where no one smokes are more likely to have dental sealants than children who live in homes where someone smokes. 4
- Targeting schools with a high percentage of students who are eligible for the Free and Reduced Price School Meal program is a practical and effective approach for increasing dental sealant prevalence among children at high risk for dental caries. 5
- To decrease oral health disparities, efforts must be made to ensure that vulnerable populations are aware of and use preventive regimens, including dental sealants. 6
- Low English-language proficiency, low use of English, and low parental functional health literacy need to be addressed to overcome disparities in dental sealant use. 7
- From the health care payer perspective, applying dental sealants to the teeth of Alaska Native infants and children ages 12–36 months is cost-effective because it reduces the incidence of dental caries that requires costly treatment. 8
- Oral health professionals should reorient their efforts toward increasing the use of dental sealants on the occlusal surfaces of primary and permanent molars in children and adolescents. 9
- Crall JJ, Donly KJ. 2015. Dental sealants guidelines development: 2002–2014. Pediatric Dentistry 37(2):111–1115.
- Dye BA, Thornton-Evans G, Li X, Iafolla TJ. 2015. Dental caries and sealant prevalence in children and adolescents in the United States, 2011–2012. NCHS Data Brief 191:1–8. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics.
- Dye BA, Li X, Beltrán-Aguilar ED. 2012. Selected oral health indicators in the United States, 2005–2008. NCHS Data Brief 96:1-8.
- Weiner RC. 2105. Children, sealants, and guardians who smoke: Trends in NHANES 2001–2002 to 2010–2012. Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research 1(1):3–9.
- Siegal MD, Detty AM. 2010. Targeting school-based dental sealant programs: Who is at “higher risk”? Journal of Public Health Dentistry 70(2):140–147.
- Horowitz AM, Kleinman DV, Wang MQ. 2013. What Maryland adults with young children know and do about preventing dental caries. American Journal of Public Health. 103(6):e69–76.
- Meija GC, Weintraub JA, Cheng NF, Grossman W, Han PZ, Phipps KR, Gansky SA. 2011. Language and literacy relate to lack of children's dental sealant use. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 39(4):318–324.
- Atkins CY, Thomas TK, Lenaker D, Day GM, Hennessy TW, Meltzer MI 2016. Cost-effectiveness of preventing dental caries and full mouth dental reconstructions among Alaska Native children in the Yukon-Kuskokwim delta region of Alaska. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 76(3):228–240.
- Wright JT, Crall JJ, Fontana M, Gillette EJ, Nový, BB, Dhar V, Donly K, Hewlett ER, Quinonez RB, Chaffin J, Crespin M, Iafolla T, Siegal MD, Tampi MP, Graham L, Estrich C, Carrasco-Labra A. 2016. Evidence-based clinical practice guideline for the use of pit-and-fissure sealants: A report of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Journal of the American Dental Association 147(8):672–682.
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