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Pit-and-Fissure Sealants Clinical Practice Guideline (2016)

chairside guide for the clinical practice guideline on pit-and-fissure sealantsA panel of experts convened by the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs, in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, presents an evidence-based systematic review and clinical practice guideline called the “Evidence-based clinical practice guideline for the use of pit-and-fissure sealants.”

The goal for this 2016 clinical practice guideline is to provide clinicians with updated recommendations regarding when and how the placement of pit-and-fissure sealants is most likely to be effective in preventing carious lesions on the occlusal surfaces of primary and permanent teeth in children and adolescents.

The target audience for this guideline includes general and pediatric dental practitioners and their support teams, public health dentists, dental hygienists, pediatricians, primary-care physicians, and community dental health coordinators; policy makers may also benefit from this guideline to inform clinical decision making, programmatic decisions, and public health policy.

An update of this guideline is expected in 2021.

Clinical Recommendations

Systematic Review

Chairside Guide