Dental Assistant: Dental Sealants: Clinical Considerations for Selection and Placement, 2e

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About Course #L0993

Review Date: January 1st, 2020

Expiration Date: January 1st, 2023



This basic-level course identifies the clinical indications and contraindications for sealant suitability, effectiveness, and retention. It reviews and compares three generations of dental sealants. The selection of teeth and tooth surfaces to be sealed and the retention of sealants in primary teeth are identified. The steps required for proper sealant application and the reasons for sealant failure are described as well as recommendations for preventing and correcting such failures. The implications and advantages of fluoride use in conjunction with dental sealants are also discussed.



AGD Subject Code: 250


Course Objectives

  • Discuss the epidemiology of dental caries.
  • Identify the materials used for dental sealants.
  • Explain the effectiveness of dental sealants.
  • List the clinical considerations for dental sealants.
  • Discuss placement techniques for dental sealants.
  • Explain the safety of dental sealants.

About the Author(s)

Elena Francisco, RDH, RDHAP, MSDH, received her bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene from Loma Linda University and her master’s degree in dental hygiene education from Idaho State University. She is currently an adjunct clinical instructor in dental hygiene at Carrington College in Sacramento, Cali

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