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CSA Calls on All Dentists to Use Sealants

The new systematic review on the utility of sealants to reduce risk of caries and progression of carious lesion in children and adolescents demonstrate that they are very effective. The updated clinical practice guidelines derived from this systematic review from the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) provides insight about their use. 

The key findings include:

  • Sealants reduce the incidence of carious lesions in occlusal surfaces of permanent molars by approximately 80 percent in children and adolescents;
  • People who received sealants saw a 73 percent reduction in the risk of developing new caries, compared to those who received fluoride varnishes;
  • CSA recommends dentists use sealants on the primary and permanent molars of all children and adolescents.

Download the guidelines, “Evidence-based Clinical Practice Guideline for the Use of Pit-and-Fissure Sealants,” systematic review, “Sealants for Preventing and Arresting Pit-and-Fissure Occlusal Caries in Primary and Permanent Molars” and the For the Patient page “Dental Sealants" today.

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