Important Facts for Dental Sealants: Children Age 6-9
DefinitionPercentage of children aged 6-9 years with a clinical confirmation of dental sealants applied to one or more permanent molars.
NumeratorNumber of children aged 6-9 years who participated in the school dental health survey with a clinical confirmation of dental sealants applied to one or more permanent molars.
DenominatorNumber of children aged 6-9 years who participated in the school dental health survey.
Why Is This Important?A large amount of a child's dental decay is found on the occlusal or biting surface of the tooth. Occlusal sealants form a barrier to protect this part of the tooth. The occlusal surface of teeth with deep pits and fissures are difficult to clean and therefore this part of the tooth is more susceptible to decay. For more information visit [http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/publications/faqs/sealants.htm CDC - Dental Sealants] website.
Healthy People Objective OH-12.2:Increase the proportion of children aged 6 to 9 years who have received dental sealants on one or more of their permanent first molar teeth
U.S. Target: 28.1 percent