I was catching up on some research today and came across some relevant studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health and American Dental Association that I thought I would share.
Many parents have asked me about the effectiveness of sealants and whether they are worth it. I won’t bore you with the technicalities, but the research shows that sealants and incredibly effective:
- Reduction of caries after sealant placement is approximately 86% at 12 months
- After two years, the reduction in caries is 78.6% in children with a single sealant application as compared with children who do not have sealants.
- On basis of evidence, the ADA recommends sealants should be placed in children and adolescents on any pit and fissure
Source: United Health Care, National Institutes of Health, American Dental Association