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Oh the joy we get when receiving an excellent report at the dentist office, especially when it concerns our children. How can we help our children get a good report? Sealants are a key component.
Sealants are recommended, yet an under-used treatment to prevent tooth decay. Sealants are recommended for the chewing surfaces of our back teeth just following eruption, particularly those with deep grooves and crevices . This quick and inexpensive procedure can be performed at your child’s next cleaning appointment. The teeth to be sealed are first cleaned and dried, then a slightly acidic solution is applied on the tooth to create a rough surface to adhere to. Next a thin layer of resin is placed in the pits and fissures of the tooth. Lastly a ultraviolet dental light is used to cure the resin sealant so that it becomes hard. A resin-based sealant has been tested and proven to reduce cavities by up to nearly 80 percent immediately — and up to 60 percent for four years or more. According to the American Dental Association, sealants, which may last for several years, work by “‘sealing out’ food and plaque thus protecting the grooves where toothbrush bristles cannot reach.
Consumer Reports of dental products,” says that sealants done properly are “an excellent technique” for combatting decay. They may mean the difference between a lifetime of healthy teeth and the pain and expense of cavities. Sealants are just one part of a childs’ total preventive dental care. A complete preventive dental plan also includes fluoride, brushing twice daily, good food choices, and regular dental check-ups.
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