Dental Sealants Benefit Children According to New CDC Report


Vital Signs, a report from the CDC, stated children without sealants have nearly three times more 1st molar cavities than those children with them. Sealant application among children aged 6-11 years has increased by 12.4 percentage points from 1999-2004 to 2011-2014. More work needs to be done though, as 60 percent of school children ages 6-11 don’t have dental sealants.

A recent systematic review from the AAPD and ADA found that those who received pit-and-fissure sealants on occlusal surfaces saw a 73 percent reduction in the risk of developing new carious lesions, compared to participants who received only fluoride varnishes.


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