Dental sealant trial ‘success’

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A SPECIAL dental sealant developed with help from Sheffield University academics has prevented decay in all teeth it was applied to, according to new findings.

During the study, the sealant - called Fuji triage - was applied to the ridges and grooves of permanent back molars belonging to 60 children, before they were fully through.

Back molars are more vulnerable to tooth decay as they are coming through or shortly after, but normally patients have to wait until a tooth has fully emerged before conventional sealants can be applied.

Laura Rose Brady, from Hafren House Dental Practice in Alfreton, Nottinghamshire, where the study took place, said the findings were ‘potentially significant’ and could help prevent thousands of cases of tooth decay if the product is rolled out.