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Fissure sealant, fluoride varnish for caries prevention compared

In a community oral health program, semiannual application of a fluoride varnish (FV) resulted in caries prevention that was not significantly different from that obtained by applying and maintaining a fissure sealant (FS) after 36 months.

Those conclusions are from a study published in the July issue of Journal of Dental Research.

Researchers designed the study to compare the clinical effectiveness of FS and FV in preventing cavities in permanent first molars among 6- to 7-year-olds. They randomized participants to receive resin FS or FV.

Researchers randomized 1,016 children 1:1 to receive either FS or FV. Resin-based FS was applied to cavity-free permanent first molars and maintained at 6-month intervals. FV was applied at baseline and at 6-month intervals for 3 years. Cavity status was assessed at the start and then 12, 24, and 36 months by trained dentists.

Children received their usual dental care during the trial, but their dentists were asked to refrain from providing FS or FV treatments.

Bottom line: The results were similar when the number of cavities were examined in either method.

What does that mean for your child? In short, a more efficient and cost-effective approach would be to place dental sealants.

However, because the study just examined permanent first molars, the best approach would be a combination of both sealants and regular fluoride treatments at 6 month checkups. so that ALL teeth could benefit from the positive effects of this preventive treatment approach.

Best of all, preventive treatment cost is far less than the cost of placement of fillings, crowns, or even root canal treatment.

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