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Dental Sealants Suggested for Children

Backed by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Dental Association (ADA), dental sealants are a safe, effective way to prevent cavities in children. 

According to the CDC’s monthly “Vital Signs” report, dental sealants are recommended because:

  • They are a quick, easy, and painless way to prevent most of the cavities children get in the permanent back teeth, where 9 in 10 cavities occur.
  • Once applied, sealants protect against 80% of cavities for 2 years and continue to protect against 50% of cavities for up to 4 years.
  • Sealants can eliminate the need for expensive and invasive treatments like dental fillings or crowns.
  • Applying sealants in schools for about 7 million low-income children who don't have them could save up to $300 million in dental treatment costs.

Based on a review of existing literature, the ADA and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recently developed a clinical practice guideline on dental sealants that they encourage all members to review. 

WSDA encourages members to review these guidelines as well as to share the patient education information available on with your patients. 

Read more about ADA and CDC support of dental sealants in ADA News.

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