The application of pit and fissure sealants
(FS) is widely used for the prevention of dental caries.
The American Dental Association and the Surgeon General of the United States of America advocate the utilization of pit and fissure sealants
as a primary preventive measure for dental caries (2,3), and the United States Department of Health and Human Services has established the goal that 50% of children (aged 8 and 14 years) have pit and fissure sealants
on their permanent molars by the year 2010 (4).
"Pit and fissure sealants
are the most dramatic advance in dental decay prevention to come along since the advent of fluorides," says Dr.
Dental Pit and Fissure Sealants
: Implications for School Health Personnel
In vitro sealing potential of a self-adhesive pit and fissure sealant
. Quintessence Int.
Use of pit and fissure sealants
(FS) has become accepted as an effective intervention for the prevention of occlusal caries in the molar teeth of young children [Kitchens, 2005; Ahovuo-Saloranta et al., 2008].
Two-year retention and caries rate of Ultraseal XT and Fluoroshield light-cured pit and fissure sealant
. Gen Dent.
Pit and fissure sealants
first were utilized in 1967 (1) and formally recognized by the American Dental Association in 1971 (2).
Retention and effectiveness of a chemically polymerized pit and fissure sealant
after 2 years.
By the mid 1970s, the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Dental Materials and Devices had reviewed the status of pit and fissure sealants
and published its supportive opinions.
The term pit and fissure sealant
(FS) describes a material introduced into occlusal pits and fissures of caries susceptible teeth, forming a micromechanically-bonded, protective layer denying access of a caries-producing bacteria from their source of nutrients [Simonsen, 2002].
(9) Based on evidence from their review, the task force recommended school-based or school-linked pit and fissure sealant