Fissure sealants on permanent first molars - Consequences of a one-year delay

Lalloo, R. and Turton, M. S. (2008) Fissure sealants on permanent first molars - Consequences of a one-year delay. Community Dental Health, 25 3: 191-192. doi:10.1922/CDH_2198-Lalloo02


Author Lalloo, R.
Turton, M. S.
Title Fissure sealants on permanent first molars - Consequences of a one-year delay
Journal name Community Dental Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0265-539X
Publication date 2008-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1922/CDH_2198-Lalloo02
Volume 25
Issue 3
Start page 191
End page 192
Total pages 2
Language eng
Subject 3500 Dentistry
2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Abstract Objective The objective of this study was to compare the dental caries status of the occlusal surfaces of permanent first molars of Grade 2 (7-8 years of age) children who kept, and those who missed their Grade 1 (6-7 years of age) dental public health clinic appointment. Design The data were obtained from the records of schoolchildren attending the clinic for a comprehensive dental public health programme, with emphasis on fissure sealing permanent first molars. The records were grouped into those who had attended the clinic the previous year and those who did not attend. Results The permanent first molars were significantly more likely to be carious in children who missed the Grade 1 appointment compared to those who kept the appointment. Conclusion A one year delay in fissure sealing the occlusal surfaces of permanent first molars substantially increased the likelihood of dental caries on these teeth.
Keyword Dental caries
Eruption
Fissure sealants
Public dental health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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