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C. Parnell, P. James, M. Harding , N.Woods, V.Kelleher.;
PIT AND FISSURE: Evidence-based guidance on the use of sealants for the prevention and management of pit and fissure caries
Oral Health Services Research Centre, UCC
Health Services Executive, UCC and Health Research Board
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Summary of Recommendations

Pit and fissure sealants are a safe and effective way to prevent dental caries and should be
considered as part of an overall caries-preventive strategy that includes promotion of healthy eating
and twice daily use of fluoride toothpaste containing at least 1,000 ppm fluoride. Formal caries risk
assessment can assist the clinician in deciding whether an individual will benefit from sealant
application, and the Caries Risk Assessment Checklist (Appendix 1) has been specifically developed
for use with children and adolescents in Ireland. Just as the caries process is dynamic, so too is an
individual┐s caries risk status. Therefore, caries risk assessment is an ongoing process. For the
purposes of this guideline, the term `high caries risk
developing high levels of caries, or who are at risk from the consequences of caries, including those
who are at risk by virtue of their medical, psychological or social status, i.e. at risk

Recommended citation: Irish Oral Health Services Guideline Initiative. Pit and Fissure Sealants: Evidence-based
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