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Sealants: The Added Link in Prevention

COURSE NUMBER: 673

Credit Hours:

2 Hour(s)

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This course presents an overview of dental pit and fissure sealants as a safe and effective way to prevent dental caries. The course starts with a brief look at the history of dental sealants followed by the current rationale for their use....

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Overview

This course presents an overview of dental pit and fissure sealants as a safe and effective way to prevent dental caries. The course starts with a brief look at the history of dental sealants followed by the current rationale for their use. Frequently asked questions about sealants are addressed along with the presentation of guidelines for sealant use. Information about materials currently used for sealants is presented along with general instructions for the successful placement of sealants. The use of sealants in public health programs is also addressed.

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  • Date Course Online:

    May 2, 2023

  • Last Revision Date:

    NA

  • Course Expiration Date:

    May 1, 2026

  • Cost:

    Free

  • Method:

    Self-instructional

  • AGD Subject Code(s):

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:


  • Describe the current findings and recommendations on the effectiveness and safety of pit and fissure sealants.
  • Discuss why the use of pit and fissure sealants has been controversial.
  • List and identify the different natural occlusal characteristics of human teeth that could benefit from sealant placement.
  • Describe the proper steps in sealant placement.
  • Discuss different types of sealant materials and their effectiveness.
  • Discuss the use of pit and fissure sealants in public health programs.
  • Use high quality evidence for health care decision making.

Disclaimers

  • P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein.
  • Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

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Author(s)

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Richie Kohli does not have any conflict of interest associated with this course. She has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Joan Ellison does not have any conflict of interest associated with this course. She has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Dr. Jeanette MacLean has received speaking honoraria from GC America to provide continuing education lectures in the past.

Recognition