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Pit Fissure Sealants: The Added Link in Preventative Dentistry

COURSE NUMBER: 128

Joan G. Ellison, RDH, BS, MS; Richie Kohli, BDS, MS

Credit Hours:

2 Hour(s)

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This course presents an overview of dental pit and fissure sealants as a safe and effective way to prevent dental caries. The course starts with a brief look at the history of dental sealants followed by the current rationale for their use....

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Overview

This course presents an overview of dental pit and fissure sealants as a safe and effective way to prevent dental caries. The course starts with a brief look at the history of dental sealants followed by the current rationale for their use. Frequently asked questions about sealants are addressed along with the presentation of guidelines for sealant use. Information about materials currently used for sealants is presented along with general instructions for the successful placement of sealants. The use of sealants in public health programs is also addressed.

  • Intended Audience:

    Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Dental Students, Dental Hygiene Students, Dental Assistant Students

  • Date Course Online:

    Feb 26, 2003

  • Last Revision Date:

    Feb 23, 2020

  • Course Expiration Date:

    Feb 22, 2023

  • Cost:

    Free

  • Method:

    Self-instructional

  • AGD Subject Code(s):

    250

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:


  • 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.
  • Describe the proper steps in sealant placement.
  • 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.

Disclaimers

  • P&G is providing these resource materials to dental professionals. We do not own this content nor are we responsible for any material herein.
  • Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

Note:  Registration is required to take test.

Author(s)

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Richie Kohli does not have any conflict of interest associated with this course.
  • Joan Ellison does not have any conflict of interest associated with this course.
Joan G. Ellison | Continuing Education Author

Joan G. Ellison

RDH, BS, MS

Joan Ellison is an adjunct assistant professor at SUNY Erie, Buffalo, NY where she teaches clinical and didactic courses and an adjunct faculty member at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, Harrisburg, PA where she teaches ...

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Richie Kohli

Richie Kohli

BDS, MS

Submission Information

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Nationally Approved PACE Program Provider for FAGD/MAGD credit.

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8/1/2021 to 7/31/2027

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AADH Approved Program Provider

Procter & Gamble is designated as an approved Provider by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Inc. #AADHPGC (January 1, 2022-December 31, 2023). Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial Board of Dentistry. Licensee should maintain this document in the event of an audit.