n Evidence Based Summaries in Dentistry - Sealant retention loss is no valid predictor for pit and fissure caries

Volume 1, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 2223-5353


Most carious lesions and cavities develop in pits and fissures of occlusal surfaces in primary and permanent posterior teeth. The simultaneous interaction of a susceptible host, cariogenic microflora and suitable substrate (i.e. fermentable carbohydrates from food in the oral environment) has been established as the etiological factor. Exclusion of the cariogenic microflora from substrate may prevent carious lesion and cavity development and is achieved by placing a physical barrier in the form of a seal on pits and fissures.

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