Frustrated by the fact that the most recent visit to her daughter’s dentist revealed yet another cavity, Jeanine was intrigued when her dentist recommended applying dental sealants to her daughter’s teeth in an attempt to help protect them. Not familiar with the technique or its benefits, Jeanine was interested however; though she wondered just what if any effect that they would have – both now and years down the road. She remained unsure about sealants and their benefits until the next three routine visits showed positive results and no further decay.
Dental sealants are often used by dentists to help protect the difficult-to-reach areas of teeth that are often prone to bacterial growth and decay. Though they can be applied in the mouths of adults who experience the pain and frustration of repeated cavities, sealants are more often applied during dental appointments when children are between the ages of six to eight. By taking advantage of protecting teeth early in life, patients can take full advantage of dental sealants when applied early on. Though they may not be necessary for all, sealants are extremely beneficial for those at higher risk for tooth decay. Those that have a proven history of tooth decay and cavities, those with less-than-optimal oral health habits and those on certain medications or dietary restrictions are often considered to be at risk. If you or your child has had a cavity filled in the last three years, you may be a good candidate for dental sealants. Studies have shown that approximately 60 to 70% of all cavities could be prevented by the use of dental sealants.
As a quick and painless procedure, dental sealants can be easily applied by your favorite Sterling dentist in just one visit. Ask Dr. Bursich, during your child’s next dental appointment, if they are a candidate for dental sealants. We’d be more than happy to offer recommendations on how to keep your family cavity-free.