If you’re like most parents of young children, you may have heard others talking about dental sealants designed for use on children’s teeth. If you’re wondering if sealants can make a positive impact on your child’s dental health, here’s what you need to know:
Sealants Cover the Back Molars
Sealants cover the back molars of the teeth because this area is the most likely to be damaged as the result of improper brushing techniques. Young children often lack the fine motor skills necessary to do a thorough job of brushing and flossing their teeth, and the back teeth are full of grooves, ridges, crevices, and other areas that provide a prime breeding ground for bacteria.
Sealants Are Made From Medical-Grade Resin
Sealants are made from the same type of medical-grade resin that is used to manufacture modern tooth fillings. The only difference is the consistency. Sealants have a runny texture so that they can be easily applied to the surface of the teeth. The dentist will use specialized equipment to dry the sealant after its applied.
Sealants Are Safe
Sealants are absolutely safe. The only possible downside is that they may chip over a period of time, but the sealant can be easily reapplied if this happens.
Sealants provide an effective physical barrier between the tooth enamel and bacteria. Studies suggest that those without dental sealants are three times more likely to suffer from tooth decay and cavities than their counterparts who have had dental sealants applied by their dentist.
Sealants May Save You Money
It’s estimated that the use of dental sealants reduces dental care costs significantly — after all, there’s far less likelihood of having to pay to have cavities repaired. It’s estimated that dental sealants may reduce dental care costs in the United States by as much as $3 million dollars. The average dental sealant lasts from between three and five years and can last as long as 10 years with proper care.
Please don’t hesitate to contact our office in Dayton, OH, at your convenience for more information on helping your child achieve the best possible dental health.