Causes of Tooth Decay
In the United States, approximately 41% of children have decay in their baby teeth, and 42% ages 6-19 have decay in permanent teeth. Decay on the chewing surfaces of molars (primary and permanent) represent the vast majority of cavities and chewing surfaces of teeth are the place where pit and fissure sealants are the easiest to apply and the most effective.
Sealants Reduce Tooth Decay
Decay reductions of up to 90% have been reported with the use of pit and fissure sealants when recall appointments and maintenance were included. Sealants are more effective than just the application of topical fluoride. They can halt the progression of incipient decay lesions. Pit and fissure sealants can be placed on permanent teeth of patients at-risk for decay, independent of the age of the patient.
Source: Dr. Fiona Collins, www.dentallearning.net
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