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Sealants: An Ounce of Prevention, Worth a Pound of Cure

Dental sealants are one of the most effective preventive treatments that a child can have completed. A sealant is a protective coating that is placed in the chewing surfaces of permanent adult molars which have erupted, typically around the ages of 6 and 12, give or take a year. This bonded material prevents acids and bacteria from seeping deep into grooves on the chewing surfaces and causing cavities.

Even if your child has excellent oral hygiene, toothbrush bristles are too wide to enter into most deep fissures and grooves in a tooth. Over time these areas have a much greater risk to develop cavities, very early on. Once a tooth has had a filling, which must be changed out every so many years, and the tooth is weakened as larger restorations are placed in it. Utilizing dental sealants is one of the most effective ways to combat cavities from actually happening. They don’t seal off between teeth though, so it’s still essential to have your child floss each and every day.

The entire procedure takes only a few minutes per tooth, and is completely comfortable to perform. In fact, your child most likely won’t even know that anything else is going on, because sealants don’t require the use of any shots or drilling. Just a simple tooth conditioning, rinsing, brush on application and light curing are all that is needed! Ask your dentist whether or not your child is a candidate for sealants at their next cleaning appointment. Many dental insurance companies cover preventive sealants at 100%, allowing parents to utilize their benefits to full capacity, without paying anything out of pocket. Even then, sealants cost less per tooth to perform than even a co-pay for a filling. What better way to save your money, and your child’s teeth?

Posted of the behalf of Justin Scott

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