Posts tagged ‘Sealants’

Cavity Fillings: Silver vs. White

Silver fillings aren’t invisible. Most of us would prefer to have white fillings that match the color of our teeth. So why aren’t white fillings used exclusively in the dentist’s office? Should you request white fillings for your child?

Here are 10 quick facts about dental amalgam (silver) and composite (white) to help with the answer. (more…)

September 25, 2012 at 4:01 am 3 comments

Ask the Dentist: Why Dental Sealants Rock

Photo: KRO-Media

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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