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PIT, fossa. A hole dug in the earth, which was filled with water, and in which women thieves were drowned, instead of being hung. The punishment of the pit was formerly common in Scotland.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Songpaisan Y, Bratthall D, Phantumvanit P, Somridhivej Y Effects of glass ionomer cement, resin-based pit and fissure sealant and HF applications on occlusal caries in a developing country field trial.
Objective: to estimate the prevalence of pit and fissure sealants on first permanent molars in twelve year olds living in Puerto Rico and to further evaluate dental sealant prevalence by 1) urban/rural and public/ private school status as well as 2) gender;
A Comparison of the Dental Health Knowledge, Beliefs and Practices of 160 Seventh and Eighth Grade Participants and Non-participants in a School-based Pit and Fissure Sealant Program.
Pit and fissure sealants are thin layers of clear or tooth-colored plastic film painted on children's back teeth.
The effect of pit and fissure sealants on the detection of occlusal caries in vitro.
Advantages of a school-based pit and fissure sealant program include: 1) accessibility to eligible sealant applicants; 2) integration with and reinforcement of dental health education; and 3) introduction of dental health care to children in a friendly, non-threatening way.
Efficacy of a pit and fissure sealant on arresting dentin non-cavitated caries: a 1-year follow-up randomized and controlled clinical trial.
Clinical evaluation of three different materials used as pit and fissure sealant: 24-months results.
Pit and fissure sealant application: Updating the technique.
The preventive outcome after pit and fissure sealant application varies, depending upon the caries risk of individuals and caries prevalence of the country [Leskinen et al., 2008].