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Dental Sealants Prevent Cavities

Dental sealants prevent 80% of cavities in the back teeth, where 9 in 10 cavities occur.

About 60% of children ages 6-11 years don’t get dental sealants.

Children from low-income families are 20% less likely to get dental sealants than children from higher-income families.


About Vital Signs

The CDC Vital Signs monthly report was launched in 2010. It includes a MMWR Early Release, a graphic fact sheet and website, a media release, and social media tools. Most of the materials are available in English and Spanish.

Vital Signs is released the first Tuesday of every month. Issues include colorectal and breast cancer screening, obesity, alcohol and tobacco use,  HIV testing, motor vehicle safety, cardiovascular disease, teen pregnancy and healthcare-associated infections, foodborne disease and more.

Please sign up to get Vital Signs each month at Vital Signs. Feel free to share CDC Vital Signs information broadly with your partners. Take advantage of CDC’s social media tools, such as the CDC Vital Signs buttons and email updates. You can have CDC Vital Signs reports sent directly to your own website to display through our content syndication service.

  • Page last reviewed: October 18, 2016
  • Page last updated: October 18, 2016
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    • Content source: Office of the Associate Director for Communications (OADC)
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