Dental Sealants in the Prevention of Tooth Decay
After completing the course, you’ll be able to:
- Put into practice the recommendations of the National Institutes of Health’s recommendations concerning the use of dental sealants.
- Explain the need for sealants in face of the generalized decrease in caries due to the current widespread use of fluorides.
- Classify acid-etch resin sealants into three types and identify the most effective curing method.
- Discuss with a patient the risks associated with the use of sealants.
- Discuss the indications for using sealants as a part of individual and community-based caries preventive programs.
- Describe the clinical procedure for sealant application.
- Identify the most common reason for sealant failure.
- List 10 factors that have contributed to the underutilization of sealants by dental professionals.
- Identify areas for continuing research on dental sealants.
To assess the effectiveness of the course material, we ask that you evaluate your achievement of each learning objective on a scale of A to D (A=excellent, B=good, C=fair, D=unsatisfactory). Please indicate your responses next to each learning objective and return it to us with your completed exam.
- Introduction and Conclusions
- Panel’s Conclusions
- With the Current Widespread Use of Fluorides and the Generalized Decrease in Caries
- Experience Among Children, Is There a Need for Sealants?
- How Effective Are Sealants?
- Are There Risks Associated With the Use of Sealants?
- What Are the Indications for Using Sealants in Individual and Community-Based Caries Preventive Programs?
- Individual Programs
- Community-Based Programs
- Minority Opinion — Robert M. Veatch, Ph.D.
- What Factors Have Influenced and Should Influence the Adoption and Utilization of Sealants for Caries Prevention?
- Consensus Development Panel
- Planning Committee
- Conference Sponsors
- Pennsylvania Dental Association Says Dental Sealants An Effective Weapon Against Decay
- Who are the likely beneficiaries of dental sealants?
- Dental Sealants Reduce the Number of Cavities and Costs for Cavity-Prone, Medicaid-Insured Children
- What Is the Current Status of Sealant Research and What Should Be the Research Priorities for Sealants and Their Implementation?
- School-based Sealant Program Reduces Disparities in Sealant Use