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Dental Sealants in Children (Age 6 to 11)

Dental sealants in children’s teeth have increased from the early 1970s until the latest (1999-2004) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. In spite of this improvement, significant disparities remain in some population groups.

Table 1 presents sealant prevalence for children aged 6–11 years and for selected subgroups.

Prevalence (Table 1)

  • 30% of children 6 to 11 have dental sealants.
  • Younger children, Black and Hispanic children, and those living in families with lower incomes have fewer sealants

Table 1: Children, Percent with Sealants in Permanent Teeth

Prevalence of sealants in permanent teeth among youths 6–11 years of age, by selected characteristics:
United States, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999–2004


Characteristic

Percent of children with dental sealants

Age

 

       6 to 8 years

20.28

       9 to 11 years

40.12

 

 

Sex

 

      Male

28.81

       Female

32.42

 

 

Race and Ethnicity

 

      White, non-Hispanic

36.06

       Black, non-Hispanic

21.26

       Mexican American

24.22

 

 

Poverty Status (Income compared to Federal Poverty Level)

 

      Less than 100%

20.94

       100% to 199%

23.38

       Greater than 200%

40.06

 

 

Overall

30.48

 

Data Source: The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) has been an important source of information on oral health and dental care in the United States since the early 1970s.  Tables 1 through 4 present the latest NHANES (collected between 1999 and 2004) data regarding dental sealants in children.

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This page last updated: January 06, 2014