Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: State Among 5 With High Grade on Child Dental Sealants
Wisconsin is among the five states in the country with the most extensive programs to place dental sealants - plastic coatings applied to the chewing surface of molars to prevent tooth decay - in children, according to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
The state received the highest grade while 20 states and the District of Columbia were given either a "D" or "F" for their efforts to provide children with dental sealants.
Sealants prevent 60% of tooth decay, according to the Pew Center, which releases annual reports grading states on dental care for children. They also are cost effective: Sealing one molar is less than one-third the cost of filling a cavity.
Yet in a survey done in 2009 and 2010, only half of the children ages 13 to 15 nationwide had received sealants on their permanent teeth.
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