Lock-In Healthy Teeth for National Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month
February is National Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month. We can get behind that any day and every day! The theme designated by the American Dental Association (ADA) this year is Sealants Make Sense.
Irene Hilton, D.D.S., chair of the ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention’s advisory committee on dental sealants, says that sealants are an equitable way to prevent [cavities]. “Sealants on permanent molars reduce the risk of [cavities] by 80%,” Dr. Hilton said. “If your dentist recommends dental sealants, it is part of a comprehensive [cavity] management approach.”
The ADA has created and made available all kinds of resources and activities for parents, teachers, and kids to have fun while learning about dental health and sealants. We’d love to see your work if you complete any of the activities.
In the meantime, we thought we’d share some information about dental sealants so you know what the fuss is about. And there’s plenty of time in February for you to make your appointment and bring your kids in for treatment if you decide it’s the right thing for your family.
Dental Sealants Protect Children’s Teeth from Cavities
Dental sealants are just what they sound like. The treatment involves painting a thin coat of sealant on the molars (the back teeth used for chewing). It’s painless and has little to no visual effect. This protective covering blocks out food and germs that cause cavities and can offer a high degree of protection for up to four years following treatment.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Once applied, sealants protect against 80% of cavities for 2 years and continue to protect against 50% of cavities for up to 4 years.”
We tend to focus the most attention on sealants for children, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help adults avoid cavities too. The only thing we want to guard against is the feeling that once you have sealants, you can ease up in other areas. While highly effective at helping prevent cavities, dental sealants do not change the need for the rest of your oral care regimen. You still need to brush, floss, and visit us as always.
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