Date of Award

Fall 1982

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Dental Hygiene


Dental Hygiene

Committee Director

Michele L. Darby

Committee Member

Marvin W. Reed

Committee Member

Janet Scharer

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.D46H35


The purpose of this survey was to assess periodontists' attitudes toward pit and fissure sealants as an oral health service. A self-designed, 43-item questionnaire and a letter of transmittal were mailed to a random sample of periodontists belonging to the American Academy of Periodontics (N=S00). Data were obtained from 288 returned questionnaires (58 percent).

Data analysis suggested that periodontists' attitudes have changed over the past nine years in that: (1) more periodontists are assigning a high value of pit and fissure sealants in preventing dental caries, (2) more periodontists are using pit and fissure sealants to prevent dental caries, and (3) more auxiliaries are placing pit and fissure sealants. Findings also suggested that minor variations exist in usage of sealants among younger and older periodontists, and periodontists who practice in the northeast use sealants slightly more often than others.


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