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Purpose of dental sealants

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For sample adults ages 18 and older who have heard of dental sealants, SEALANTWHY records what the person understands to be the purpose of dental sealants.

For changes in the response categories, please see the Survey Text and Comparability Tabs.

This variable was first collected as part of the Dental Health Supplement in 1985. SEALANTKNOW records whether a person has heard of dental sealants. For related variables and more information about this supplement, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus, or see DENTDECAY.


Changes in response categories limit comparability over time. Please see the Survey Text tab for more detail.


  • 1985;1990: Sample persons age 18+ who ever heard of dental sealants.


  • 1985, 1990