The August edition of The Journal of the American Dental Association (ADA) published updated clinical guidelines stemming from a systematic review of professionals in the dentistry field, stating that sealants prevent and manage occlusal caries in children and adolescent patients.
This is according to Dr. John Wright, the lead author of the article, who serves as a pediatric dentistry professor and director of strategic initiative at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry.
“The guidelines show that sealants are more effective in managing pit and fissure caries than fluoride treatments, such as varnish,” Wright said. “They also show that benefits are obtained by the variety of materials currently marketed in the United States for sealant use (e.g. resin based materials, glass ionomer materials, polyacid-modified resin and resin-modified glass ionomers).”
A working group was assigned to update the guidelines when it comes to the use of sealants by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs and the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, in accordance with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
The first sealant guidelines were initially written in 2008. The group working to update those guidelines included clinical experts, stakeholders and methodologists.