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How to clean the tooth surface before sealant application

Sergio Uribe DDS; Paul Farsai DMD; Kate Vig BDS, MS, FDS, Dorth .


Systematic Review Conclusion

Sealant retention after tooth surface cleaning with toothbrush prophylaxis was similar to that associated with handpiece prophylaxis.

Critical Summary Assessment

A review considering the best available evidence compared two surface-cleaning methods and found no difference in long term (five-year) sealant retention. Higher rates of retention were evident in the toothbrush prophylaxis groups at the end of the first year after sealant placement.

Evidence Quality Rating

Limited Evidence

This summary is published in the Journal of the American Dental Association and can be accessed at:

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These summaries are not intended to, and do not, express, imply, or summarize standards of care, but rather provide a concise reference for dentists to aid in understanding and applying evidence from the referenced systematic review in making clinically sound decisions as guided by their clinical judgment and by patient needs. American Dental Association © 2019