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Attention Parents: Sealants Help Prevent Cavities

What if there was a simple treatment to help your kids prevent cavities?

Isn’t Brushing Enough?

While regular brushing and flossing is critical to cavity prevention and overall oral health, even good brushing cannot always reach all the grooves and depressions in your teeth. Food particles often get caught in hard to reach places like the premolars and molars, leading to the development of cavities.

The Power of Dental Sealants

Stopping cavities before they occur is not only the most cost effective approach to dentistry but is also the best approach to long-term oral health. Dental sealants provide protection by sealing off the grooves and depressions, keeping food particles from settling in and causing trouble. As a result, sealants serve as a proven barrier to help prevent cavities in children (and adults). According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), children’s cavities most commonly occur in places that sealants could have prevented. While sealants typically cost less than half the price of a filling, they are also likely to be covered by insurance.

When is the best time to get sealants?

Because teeth are most vulnerable to decay when they first come, the American Dental Association recommends kids receive dental sealants as soon as their adult teeth erupt. However, sealants offer the same protection and cavity prevention for patients of all ages, including teens and adults.

Quick, Easy and Pain-free

One of the most appealing benefits of dental sealants is that application is easy and pain-free. The Greentree team simply prepares the teeth, “paints” the sealant onto the tooth enamel, and the plastic resin bonds into the grooves and depressions as it quickly hardens. As a result, teeth are well protected against plaque, decay and resulting cavities.  Sealants typically last for up to ten years with normal chewing before a reapplication may be needed. As part of our oral health process, the Greentree team checks sealants to ensure all is well during regular dental visits.

We highly recommend sealants for children and adolescents to protect teeth and prevent cavities. Contact the Greentree team today to schedule your child’s sealant appointment.   

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