Learning Objectives

  • 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.
  • Discuss the different methods of preparing the teeth for sealant placement.
  • Describe the proper steps in sealant placement i.e., proper tooth preparation, isolation, etching, rinsing and drying, applying bonding agent and pacing sealants, evaluation, and follow-up.
  • 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.
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