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

  • 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.

Last Reviewed on
February 2018