Dental Sealants Can Help Improve, Maintain Oral Health
Preventing problems is better than treating them. That’s true where you work. That’s true at home. That’s true at your family dentist office, too.
For that reason, we are taking some time to talk about the value of family dentistry in general and dental sealants in particular for you and your children.
A recent study published in the journal Pediatric Dentistry found that dental sealants reduce the risk of developing cavities by 80 percent in molars. Molars are the bigger teeth in the back of your mouth. They are also the teeth that are the most likely to have cavities.
You and your family can get dental sealants at our dentist office in Millburn, NJ. To get them, just ask for them when you schedule your next dental cleaning at Millburn Dental Arts. You can contact us by calling (973) 957-1604 or by filling out our online form.
What Dental Sealants Are
Sealants of any kind are used to either keep things from getting out or to keep things from getting in. Dental sealants are intended to prevent bacteria from getting to your teeth.
Specifically, dental sealants are designed to cover the chewing surface of your molars. As we mentioned earlier, your molars are the teeth that are most likely to develop cavities.
There’s a good reason for this. Molars are the teeth that we use to grind and chew our foods. Those teeth are exposed to the foods we eat — at the sugars in those foods — longer than our other teeth.
If you look at pictures of molars, you will notice that they have creases and crevices. These are spaces where bacteria may be able to hide from a toothbrush.
This can allow bacteria to start eating into your tooth. This is the start of tooth decay, which leads to cavities.
You can add a layer of protection for these teeth by placing a dental sealant over them. Sealants create a physical barrier that bacteria have to get through before they can reach your teeth.
Cavities Can Affect More Than Smiles
Timothy Wright, D.D.S., was the lead author of the study on dental sealants and cavities. He pointed out that treating oral health problems causes children to miss about 51 million hours of school each year in the United States.
Having a cavity or multiple cavities also can lead to self-esteem issues and affect how well children can concentration on classwork, according to Wright.
In other words, tooth decay can do more than ruin your smile. It can affect your whole life if it isn’t treated or prevented.
Our dentist, Dr. Krosser, has been serving patients in and around Millburn, NJ, for more than 30 years. He has treated multiple generations of families, and he knows that parents want to do everything they can for their children.
You hope your children are brushing and flossing correctly, but you also know that kids don’t always do things as well as you would like. You also know that kids don’t always make good decisions about what foods to eat.
Together, those can increase their risk of cavities.
You can think of dental sealants as an extra layer of support in your ongoing effort to keep your kids’ mouths as healthy as they can be.
How To Get Dental Sealants For Your Family
We encourage you and all our patients to follow the American Dental Association’s guidelines good oral hygiene. Every day, you should be brushing your teeth twice for two minutes at a time and flossing between your teeth and gums at least once.
You also should make routine visits to Millburn Dental Arts for dental cleanings and examinations. During your visit, one of our dental professionals will remove plaque and tartar from your mouth and polish your teeth.
That is also a great time to apply dental sealants to your kids’ teeth. By the way, adults can get dental sealants, too.
Think about it like this: dental sealants are a simple, low-cost way to reduce your risk of cavities and tooth decay.
The Fight Against Cavities Never Ends
Around 4 in 10 children between the ages of 2 and 11 have had cavities, according to the National Institutes of Health. That includes nearly 1 in 4 who have untreated cavities at any time.
You can do something to reduce the risk that your family will develop cavities. You can request to get dental sealants during your next visit to Millburn Dental Arts.