A tried and true preventative measure, dental sealants are a thin coating painted onto adolescent teeth to protect them from cavities. Remarkably, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that sealants can prevent 80% of cavities for two years after their application. Moreover, they continue to provide protection at 50% over four years. Not only do dental sealants allow time for school-aged children to master healthy oral care habits without the fear of getting cavities in hard to reach places, they also save families money in the long run. Finally, the conservative nature of dental sealants means that a child’s natural tooth structure needn’t be compromised.
Perhaps one of the most common misconceptions regarding dental sealants is that the American Dental Association (ADA) has not stated its position on them. On the contrary, the ADA has continuously recommended placing sealants on primary and permanent molars of all children and adolescents. Specifically, pit and fissure sealants are highlighted as more effective than fluoride varnish, because they “seal” the occlusal surfaces of molars.
In turn, some are concerned that young patients may become exposed to a concerning level of bisphenol A, or BPA during application of dental sealants. To date, there is no evidence of adverse effects among those having received sealants, and the amount that one is exposed to is miniscule.
Given the misunderstandings surrounding dental sealants, the ADA has issued an updated report regarding the usage of pit and fissure sealants placed on primary and occlusal surfaces of teeth. Their findings continue to support their usage, and the authors even recommend that clinicians boost their efforts towards increasing the placement of dental sealants in both children and adolescents.
We Treat Your Children Like Family!
At Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, we offer a full spectrum of pediatric dental services including comprehensive dental cleanings and checkups, x-rays, sealants, fluoride treatments, treatment for early childhood caries and more. At each visit, Dr. Ashish Patel and our compassionate dental support team makes every effort to develop a rapport with your child, so as to best examine their teeth and make oral health fun and enjoyable.
If you have questions about dental sealants, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for your child, call Lawrenceville Family Dental Care today. We treat your children like family!
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