Sealants: When Brushing and Flossing Aren’t Enough

Posted Nov 2017

By Delta Dental of Arkansas

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By Caroline Jacobson

Cavities are the most common chronic disease among children , with untreated decay affecting 19.5% of 2- to 5-yea-olds and 22.9% of 6- to 19-year-olds.


Since their introduction during the 1960s, sealants changed the way we protect our children’s oral health. Today, sealants are an effective weapon in the fight against cavities, reducing childhood tooth decay by more than 70%.


But what exactly are sealants?

A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the tooth’s chewing surface, preventing food and bacteria from getting stuck in the grooves and pits. Think of sealants as an extra layer of protection for your tooth!


Why do we need sealants?

Our molars and premolars have deep grooves and depressions that trap food and plaque. Sometimes, brushing and flossing aren’t enough to effectively clean those areas. Sealants protect these vulnerable spots, “sealing” off the tooth from any harmful bacteria.


Who can get sealants?

Anyone with healthy teeth can get sealants. But children should receive them as soon as they get their permanent molars and premolars, as sealants will provide extra protection during their cavity-prone years.


Bonus, since sealants are preventative care, they are usually fully covered by dental benefit plans. Check your coverage to know your costs. Considering getting sealants for your child? Find a network dentist near you !

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