The average American child’s health is a consequence of the average American diet. Sodas and junk food are staples in some households, and it’s common practice to entice children to do a chore with the reward of candy or ice cream. Besides leading to excessive weight gain, these snack foods and sweets increase the risk of damage to a child’s teeth and gums.
As it is, the molars are susceptible to pits and fissures that develop into cavities. A sugary diet only speeds that process along. Sugar is readily converted into energy by all living organisms, oral bacteria included, resulting in tooth decay.
Call in the Dental Cavalry!
Thankfully, the Placerville Dental Group offers a way to bolster the defense of your child’s teeth. Dental sealants are thin coatings of protective material “painted” over the rough biting surfaces of your child’s molars. They’ve been around for over 40 years but are currently becoming more popular because of proven results. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children aged 6-11 with dental sealants are three time less likely to develop cavities than those without dental sealants. The American Dental Association (ADA) reports that dental sealants provide an 80% reduction in cavity risk.
The dental sealant fills in any pits, fissures or crevices. They adhere to the surface of back teeth, so food particles and other things don’t get stuck in those areas. Dental sealants also act as a suit of armor for your child’s molars, increasing their resistance against bacteria and adding strength to their chewing power.
Dental sealants are not just for children — anyone of any age can benefit from their protection. Of course, the earlier in life they are applied, the more protection they offer. They can be applied to nearly any area of the chewing surface on your molars that show early signs of decay, perhaps even gaps or cracks. The process is quick and painless, as well as affordable.As a result, many dental plans recognize the benefits of these sealants, and offer coverage. Most sealants last as long as 10 years before any maintenance might be necessary.
The Placerville Dental Group invites you to speak with us about dental sealants. Please give us a call to find out if dental sealants are the best choice for your child, or fill in our online form to discuss the issue with your child’s dentist.