Dental Sealants: Protecting Against Tooth Decay

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Journal of the California Dental Association Publishes Evidence-Based Sealant Recommendations

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The Journal's recommendations give oral health care providers effective guidelines on the utilization and placement of sealants.

The use of dental sealants are universally recognized as a cost-effective and proven evidence-based method of reducing the incidence of dental caries in high-risk populations. Sealant utilization in California remains low, however, especially among groups such as low-income children who have the highest risk of developing tooth decay.

The October Journal of the California Dental Association is devoted to evidence-based recommendations intended to increase the dental professional’s comfort level in making appropriate contemporary sealant recommendation and placement decisions.

Based on the American Dental Association’s 2008 sealant guidelines, the Journal includes information on the science related to sealant application, a comparison of the types of sealant materials available, tooth preparation, and the use of adhesives prior to sealant placement. The similarities and differences between sealant use in private practice and in public health settings, including school-based programs, is also examined as well as prevention and management protocols based on caries risk assessment.

“Dental sealants can reduce the incidence of tooth decay in school children by more than 70 percent,” said Paul Reggiardo, DDS, chair of the CDA Policy Development Council’s 2008 Sealant Workgroup. “The Journal’s recommendations give oral health care providers effective guidelines on the utilization and placement of sealants.”

In addition to the Journal, CDA has also published a new dental sealant resource fact sheet and patient education flyer. The fact sheet is printed in multiple languages and contain information on the benefits of sealants, which are proven to be the most effective method of reducing cavities in children.

For more information on dental sealants, visit http://www.cda.org/popup/dental_sealants.

The California Dental Association is the nonprofit organization representing organized dentistry in California. Founded in 1870, CDA supports its members in their practices and service to the public through innovation in education, advocacy and related programs. CDA also contributes to the oral health of Californians through various comprehensive programs and advocacy. CDA’s membership consists of more than 24,000 dentists, making it the largest constituent of the American Dental Association. For more information, visit cda.org.

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