According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, dental sealants cut down on cavities by 86% in the first year and 58% after four years. At Park Smiles NYC Pediatrics, we’re strongly committed to prevention of cavities and recommend sealing your child’s teeth.
What are Dental Sealants?
Made of a plastic material, sealants are placed in the pits and fissures of the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth, particularly the molars at the back of the mouth. Kids are notoriously bad brushers and tend to ignore the problem areas in the back of the mouth that lead to cavities and decay. The ADA recommends that children receive dental sealants as soon as their adult teeth erupt.
What are BPA-Free Sealants?
Traditional sealants contain BPA, a volatile estrogenic agent that can be harmful to a child’s health and should not be used in children. In 2013, the FDA banned BPA in baby bottles and children’s drinking cups. In the same way, the safest dental sealants are those that are BPA-free.
Benefits of Dental Sealants:
- Improved Dental Health: Tooth decay can quickly lead to more severe oral health problems. Even when a cavity is filled, the health and strength of the tooth is compromised. As with almost all health issues, it’s better to avoid them entirely rather than treat them. The overall, long-term health of your child’s teeth and gums is improved by getting dental sealants.
- Saves Money: The cost of treating a cavity can be expensive. Considering the fact that most American adults have more than three decayed teeth, the long-term treatment costs can really add up. In almost every case, applying dental sealants early will cost less than having corrective treatment later.
- Saves Time: Being that dental sealants reduce your child’s risk of getting cavities so significantly, you’ll spend a lot less time dealing with oral health issues.
- A Simple Solution: Dental sealants are applied quickly, cause no pain or discomfort during or after the application, and last for years and years. It’s a simple solution to one of the most common and consequential oral health problems — and it really works.
How long do Dental Sealants last?
Sometimes, your children wear away sealants just by chewing or grinding their teeth. In these cases, the sealant sometimes has to be replaced. If your child follows a good brushing and flossing regimen, the sealants can last up to 10 years according to the National Institutes of Health. Without proper care, sealants may need to be re-applied every two to three years.
Our pediatric specialists at Park Smiles NYC Pediatrics are here to answer all of your questions about BPA-Free Dental Sealants. Schedule a consultation today!
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