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What Parents Need to Know About Dental Sealants

What Parents Need to Know About Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a highly effective way to prevent cavities in children. They are a thin plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars). Sealants are easy to apply and usually take only a few minutes. They are one of the most commonly used methods for preventing cavities in children.

Sealants are safe and have been used for many years. They are also an aesthetic way to improve the appearance of teeth. Sealants can be applied to both baby teeth and adult teeth. In this blog, we will discuss five facts about dental sealants.

Here are five facts about dental sealants:

Highly Effective Against Childhood Cavities:

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Dental sealants are one of the most effective ways to prevent cavities in children. They have been shown to reduce the risk of cavities by up to 80%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dental sealants work by creating a barrier between the tooth and the bacteria that cause cavities. To ensure that the sealant remains effective, however, it should be regularly checked by your dentist and reapplied every 2-4 years.

Easily Application Process:

Sealants are easy to apply and usually take only a few minutes. It also does not cause discomfort and does not require sedation or anesthetics. First, the teeth are cleaned to remove excess plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth. An acidic solution will be applied to the surface of the teeth roughen up the surface. Then the sealant will be applied by your dentist or dental hygienist using a brush or other applicator. The sealant material is then cured (hardened) using a special light. Once the sealant is cured, it will create a barrier that will protect your child’s teeth from cavities.

Most Commonly Used on Molars:

There are three types of cavities that can develop in teeth: pit and fissure, smooth surface, and root. Pit and fissure cavities are the most common type of cavities in children. They occur on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars). Molars have deep grooves that can trap food and bacteria. The CDC states that 9 out of 10 cavities develop in the back teeth, within these deep grooves and fissures. Dental sealants are most commonly used on the back teeth (molars), as these teeth are more likely to develop cavities. This helps to prevent the majority of childhood cavities from forming.

Safe:

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Dental sealants are safe and have been used for many years. They are made of a thin plastic material that is applied to the surface of the teeth. The sealant quickly bonds to the tooth and hardens, creating a barrier against cavities. There are no known side effects associated with dental sealants and the material has been FDA-approved. Some people worry about certain types of sealants that have trace amounts of BPA during their fabrication, however the American Dental Association has found these sealants to be perfectly safe. In fact, more BPA is found in the air we breathe than in dental sealants. Furthermore, any BPA exposure only lasts for a few hours after a sealant is placed. Therefore, there is no need to worry about the safety of dental sealants.

Aesthetic:

In addition to being safe and effective, sealants are also an aesthetic way to improve the appearance of teeth. They can be applied to both baby teeth and adult teeth. Sealants are clear or white in color and blend in well with the natural color of teeth. They are also very thin and not visible when a person smiles or talks. This makes them an ideal choice for people who are looking to improve the appearance of their teeth without undergoing more invasive procedures, such as veneers or braces.

In Conclusion

In this blog, we have discussed five facts about dental sealants: their high efficacy against cavities, easy application process, safety, and aesthetic appeal. Dental sealants are a safe, effective, and aesthetic way to prevent cavities, especially in children. If you are concerned about cavities, ask your dentist if sealants are right for you or your child. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about dental sealants, please contact our office. Our team would be happy to help!

Dr Alina Huang DMD

Dr. Alina Huang has been practicing dentistry in Manhattan for the last eight years. She was born in New York City, and raised in California where she received her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA, and her D.D.S. at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. She then made her return to NYC where she completed her General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center and has been working in private practice ever since. She continues her learning by attending courses to stay current with the latest advancements in dentistry and refine her skills.

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