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Current Concepts in Preventive Dentistry

Course Number: 334

Pit & Fissure Sealants


Sealants have been endorsed by the ADA and the U.S. Public Health Service as being effective in preventing pit and fissure caries. Pit and fissure caries accounts for over 80% of active caries in children. However, these surfaces make up only 15% of the total tooth surfaces. Sealants must not be overlooked as another form of preventive dentistry, along with plaque biofilm control, post-eruptive and pre-eruptive fluoride therapy, and dietary restrictions.