Dental cavities are the most common chronic dental disease of Children in the United States. According to recent reports, about half of the pre-school children suffer or have developed dental cavities, which are preventable with proper dental hygiene and dental support such as sealants.
Although you may be apprehensive about dental sealants, they are not as bad as they are taunted to be. Did you know dental sealants prevent dental carries by 80%? According to the Center for Disease Control, children who don’t wear dental sealants are twice more likely to develop dental cavities than those who have them.
The CDC recommend dental sealants for all children and here are a few reasons why:
Children are a higher risk of developing dental cavities than adults because of improper dental cleaning and consuming sugary foods. The dental sealants prevent teeth decay different based on the type used. The resin-based sealants, which are most common, are applied on the surface of the teeth and forms a physical barrier to help prevent caries development. Furthermore, the protectors block sugar from reaching the bacteria at the base of the teeth.
The GIC sealants, on the other hand, are chemically bonded on the teeth which releases fluoride that strengthens the enamel.
Dental cavities not only affect the gum structure but also can lead to premature loss of teeth, which causes them to be crooked or crowded. Application of the dental sealants will prevent dental decay.
Most of the dental sealants are used on permanent teeth. However, our dentist in Pleasant Hill, CA can also recommend the sealants for the primary teeth, especially the molars. The primary molars and premolars are the last set of teeth to fall off and applying the sealants on these teeth will keep them clean and free of cavities. Remember the primary teeth act as placeholders for the permanent ones and protecting them is paramount to maintain the integrity of your dental structure.
Applying dental sealants is a fast, simple, and painless process. Our dentist near you will clean all teeth and dry them with absorbent material. Next, an acid solution will be applied in the chewing surfaces to roughen them for easy bonding. The teeth will be rinsed, and the sealant applied to the enamel. The dentist may use a special light to harden the sealant. Afterward, they will examine the sealant for any unfilled places, and the teeth will be polished to enhance the appearance.
The dental sealants contain BPA or Bisphenol A, a chemical that is believed to affect the nervous and immune system. Yes, the dental sealants increase the salivary BPA after its applied. However, according to both the American Dental Association and Food, Drug and Administration, the level of BPA in the dental sealants is very low and can’t cause any harm to your child.
Dental sealants are one of the few dental restoration services that are covered by insurance policies, but only children below 17 years are eligible for the insurance cover. So, call us for a discussion on the accepted insurance plans and other financial options available.
Once the dental sealants are applied, the child will be able to use the teeth as before. They also don’t require any special dental care, apart from the standard routine of brushing and flossing.
At times your child’s bite may appear a bit high and are not able to close their mouths. This is normal, and the sealants will settle in and return to normal. However, if the problem doesn’t clear on its own, it could be an indication that something is not buffed down, so call the Pleasant Hill dentist for an assessment.
Dental sealants can protect your child’s teeth for up to nine or ten years. Contact us if you want dental sealants in Pleasant Hill. Our dental team will assess your dental teeth and guide you in choosing a suitable dental sealant.