Considering Dental Sealants
Posted on 2/7/2022 by Evan
|In addition to brushing and flossing, dental sealants are a highly effective but underutilized cavity prevention measure. These coatings, when applied to the chewing surfaces of molars, help prevent decay by filling the deep grooves where bacteria can become stuck, grow, and cause decay. Sealing off a child's or young adult's back teeth has been shown to prevent cavities by nearly 80% for several years. However, cavity prevention is only one of the many advantages of sealants.
They Reduce The Risk of Cavities
Molars are among the teeth most at risk for developing cavities because of their location in the mouth being hard to clean. A sealant on the molars, on the other hand, can prevent about 80% of cavities during the first two years and continue to prevent 50% of cavities throughout the next four years. Most children between the ages of 6 and 11 do not have sealants. Untreated cavities can result in pain, infection, speaking, difficulty eating, and developing teeth. If children are sealed earlier, this number could drop significantly as they grow into adults.
Save Money With Dental Sealants
By preventing cavities in children, it reduces the need for costly dental treatments in the present and the future. When the cost of repairing teeth and the maintenance involved is considered, these cost-saving benefits can only grow over time. The natural structure of a tooth is compromised when it is drilled and filled, restored, or extracted. The cost of keeping a restored tooth or implant in good working order accumulates over time.
Quick, Painless, and Safe
Parents may be concerned about the safety of sealants, but dentists say they are completely safe and effective, and have been for decades. Sealants are one of the most basic, quick, and painless dental procedures. After cleaning the tooth, the sealant is applied to the molar's chewing surface. A dentist, hygienist, or dental assistant hardens sealants by shining a light on the teeth. From start to finish, the process should take no more than a few minutes and can provide years of protection. If your child does not yet have sealants, consult with your dentist. The result will be a healthier, happier smile for your child for many years to come.