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Dental caries is one of the most common yet preventable childhood chronic diseases. The 2010 Canadian Health Measures Survey identified that 57 per cent of six to 11 year olds and 59 per cent of 12-19 year olds have or have had dental caries.
Pit and fissure sealants are effective at preventing dental caries, but there is little consensus on when to place sealants and what material to use.
In 2015, Peel Public Health did a review of sealants, specifically looking at when to place sealants and what material to use. This presentation will review the methodology used in the review and outline how public health units can use sealants in their practice.
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Presenters: Paul Sharma and Nadine Khan
Paul is a Manager, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at Peel Public Health. Paul currently sits on the Executive of Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry (OAPHD) serving as President. Paul completed his Masters of Science in Dental Public Health from King’s College, University of London in London, England.
Nadine has worked at Peel Public Health for the last seven years and is currently a part of the Research, Policy and Planning Team. She completed her Masters of Health Science at the University of Toronto. She is also a Registered Dietitian with a fascination for oral health.
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