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Had dental sealants painted on teeth

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SEALANTGOT indicates whether a person has dental sealants painted on their teeth. Dental sealants are plastic coatings which are pained on the tops of back teeth to prevent dental decay.

Please see the Comparability tab for more information on differences in the universe.

SEALANTGOT is part of the Dental Health Supplement. For related variables and more information about this supplement, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus, or see FLUORIDEWHY.


Before 1998, this question is asked about persons who have not lost all of their teeth. Subsequently, the question universe is restricted to sample children under 18.


  • 1986; 1989: Persons who have not lost all their teeth.
  • 1998: Sample children under age 18.


  • 1986, 1989, 1998