Dental Sealants: Access to Prevention
Children living in poverty are almost twice as likely to have developed caries in their permanent teeth as children from higher income families, but only about 20 percent of low income children have received sealants. Studies have demonstrated that sealants are effective in reducing caries experience, thereby reducing the need for treatment.
School based programs provide access to this important preventative measure for children who are the most high risk. NNOHA supports multiple models of sealant placement, including the evidence-based practice where dental hygienists are able to place sealants without a dentist’s prior exam, which reduces cost and minimizes lost school times. Click below for NNOHA’s full policy statement on dental sealants.
These resources provide important information on dental sealants and how states can expand access to this important preventative effort.
Falling Short: Most States Lag on Dental Sealants – Pew Children’s Dental Campaign
Evidence-based clinical recommendations for the use of pit-and-fissure sealants: A report of the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs – The Journal of the American Dental Association
Preventing dental caries through school-based sealant programs: Updated recommendations and reviews of evidence – The Journal of the American Dental Association
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