By Jane Koppelman
A strong research base demonstrates that dental sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay. Sealants can reduce the risk of decay in permanent molars by 80% in the first 2 years after application and continue to work after more than 4 years post-application.1,2 Given this evidence, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, and several other health organizations support sealant programs in schools to deliver preventive care to low-income children. Yet, 61% of low-income children ages 6 to 11 lack sealants.1,2 And the Pew Report released by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that school sealant programs are in fewer than half of high-need schools in 39 states.3
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