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By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
March 09, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental sealants  
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While children are less likely than adults to experience periodontal (gum) disease, the same can't be said for tooth decay. One aggressive form of decay called early childhood caries (ECC) can have a profound effect on a child's dental development and future health.

That's why dentists who treat young children often use a variety of preventive measures to reduce the risk of ECC and other dental diseases. One popular method is dental sealants, dental material coatings applied to the biting surfaces of teeth that fill in the naturally occurring pits and crevices. These areas are highly susceptible to plaque formation, a bacterial biofilm of food particles that tends to accumulate on teeth. It's the bacteria that live in plaque that are most responsible for the formation of tooth decay.

Roughly one third of children between the ages of 6 and 11 have received some form of dental sealant. It's a quick and painless procedure applied during a routine office visit. The dentist brushes the sealant in liquid form on the teeth, and then hardens it with a special curing light. It's common for children to begin obtaining sealant protection as their molars begin to come in.

With their increased popularity among dentists, researchers have conducted a number of studies to see whether dental sealants have a measurable effect reducing tooth decay. After reviewing the cases of thousands of children over several years, many of these studies seemed to show that children who didn't receive sealants were more than twice as likely to get cavities as children who did.

As evidence continues to mount for dental sealants' effectiveness protecting young children from decay, both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry now recommend it for all children. Not only can sealants help preserve children's teeth now, but they can reduce future costs for dental treatment that results from tooth decay.

If you would like more information on children's dental sealants and other decay prevention measures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
December 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out if your child could benefit from getting dental sealants in Bergen County.

You want to make sure that your child’s teeth stay healthy, we figured that much. Maybe you are still brushing your child’s teeth or maybe sealantsthey are doing it themselves at this point. You always think about their diet and make sure they are eating healthy, smile-friendly foods rather than foods and drinks that are unhealthy. However, there are some ways to protect your child’s teeth from cavities that only our Bergen County, NJ dentists can help with. Find out more about dental sealants and whether they are right for your child.

Dental sealants are a fast, simple, painless and inexpensive way to protect your child’s teeth from cavities. Dental sealants have been around for a while but they are an easy preventive treatment option for your little one.

What is a dental sealant?

This thin plastic material is placed over the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, which contain a lot of grooves and pits, to prevent bacteria and plaque from getting into these fissures and causing decay. Molars are particularly susceptible to decay because of all these nooks and crannies and also because it’s often harder for children to get all the way in the back to properly clean every surface of these teeth. This is why dental sealants can be a wonderful protective measure for your child’s teeth.

Who should get dental sealants?

With more and more kids developing cavities early in life, it’s never too soon to be thinking of preventive measures to protect their teeth. Sealants are a great treatment for children who aren’t the best brushers or who forget to brush their teeth sometimes. Of course, even good brushers can miss spots and that’s why it’s a good idea to consider sealants once your child’s adult teeth start to erupt.

Do you have questions about dental sealants? If so, then it’s time to schedule an appointment for your little one with Gentle Dentistry in Bergen County, NJ. Let’s protect your child’s smile for life!