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Dental Sealant Facts & Who Should Get It

Posted on 3/22/2021 by Ranches Family Dental
Dental Sealant Facts & Who Should Get ItDental sealant is thin plastic coatings that are painted on the chewing surfaces of your teeth – typically the molars and premolars (back teeth) to prevent cavities or tooth decay for years. The sealant solution quickly bonds into the teeth' grooves and depression, creating a protective armor over each tooth's enamel.

Below are some interesting facts about dental sealants that may encourage you to opt for this remarkable dental wellbeing treatment:

•  Dental sealants prevent 80 percent of tooth decay (cavities) for roughly two years in the molars and premolars, where majority (9 in 10) cavities emerge.
•  Despite dental sealants proven effectiveness, its intervention remains underutilized; less than
•  50 percent of adolescents and children have dental sealants.
•  4 in 10 children between the ages of six to eleven have sealants on permanent teeth.
•  48 percent of adolescents aging twelve to nineteen have sealants on permanent teeth.
•  Children between the ages of six to eleven who do not have dental sealants have almost three times more cavities in the first molars than children who do.
•  Applying dental sealants in schools to around seven million children from low-income households can save them roughly $300 million in dental treatment costs.

Who Should Get Sealants?

Children and adolescents are the ideal candidates for dental sealants due to the high likelihood of developing decay in the grooves and depressions of their molars and premolars. But this does not mean that adults cannot benefit from it. People without fillings or cavities in their molars can also benefit from dental sealants.

Generally, children should get dental sealants on their permanent premolars and molars as soon as these teeth emerge. That way the dental sealant can shield the teeth throughout the cavity-prone years (6 to 14 years)

Dental sealants can protect your teeth from cavities for nearly ten years but remember they need to be checked for wearing or chipping via regular dental check-ups. To ensure optimal oral health, schedule an appointment with us by calling (385) 374-0500 or visit our clinic at Ranches Family Dental.
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