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Ask the Dentist: Why Dental Sealants Rock

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When your child is somewhere between the ages of 6 and 12, her dentist will want to apply a dental sealant to her back teeth. “Is this necessary?” you may ask. The safe plastic coating is not a requirement, but there are many reasons to give sealants a giant seal of approval. Alameda Pediatric Dentistry’s Dr. MyLinh Ngo explains.

“Research involving large population samples has shown a 70% reduction in cavities through sealant placement,” Dr. Ngo says. “Sealants act as a physical barrier that blocks plaque from accumulating in hard-to-clean grooves and pits of molar teeth.”

Covered by most dental policies, sealants take just a few minutes to apply, and the process is completely painless. After the teeth are prepped with a mild acid for retention, followed by air drying, the liquid sealant is simply painted on then hardened with a high-intensity light. “This procedure is one of the simplest methods to prevent cavities,” Dr. Ngo says. (more…)

May 24, 2012 at 4:24 am 3 comments


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