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Dr. Shawn Benso

The Importance of Dental Sealants

Being a great dentist and father are very important to me. I present treatment plans for my patients that I would recommend in the same circumstance for my own family.  When it comes to my children, I want what's best for them and want them to have the best quality of life possible. Let's be honest, fillings and crowns are not fun. Why not do everything we can to prevent them from happening in the first place? While brushing and flossing are the most important part of any dental health regimen, sealants provide additional protection for the grooved areas of teeth from decay. The chewing surfaces of back teeth are rough and uneven because they have small pits and grooves. Food and germs can get stuck in the pits and grooves and stay there a long time because toothbrush bristles cannot brush them away. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay by "sealing out" plaque and food. Are your mornings crazy like ours? My girls rarely have two minutes to dedicate to brushing their teeth. Think about evening bedtime routines at your house. Are your children like mine and try to rush through brushing their teeth or skip flossing so they can get extra play time before bed? Sealants used in conjunction with proper brushing, flossing, fluoride treatments and a healthy diet, will help maintain dental health.
When is a good time to get sealants?
Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in -- before decay attacks the teeth.
The first permanent molars — called "6 year molars" — come in between the ages of 5 and 7.
The second permanent molars — "12 year molars" — come in when a child is between 11 and 14 years old.
Teenagers and young adults who are prone to decay may also need sealants. 
How effective are sealants? 
Dental sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of cavities in the teeth that are covered. Decades of research demonstrate that coating the biting surface of 6-year molars with a resin-based sealant can reduce cavities by up to nearly 80% immediately, and up to 60% for four years or more.
How much do sealants cost?
Many insurance companies cover the entire cost of sealants. Having sealants put on teeth before they decay will also save time and money in the long run by avoiding fillings, crowns, or caps used to fix decayed teeth. Check with your dental insurance carrier to determine if sealants are covered under your plan. If you have any questions concerning sealants or would like to schedule an appointment to further discuss if your child is a candidate for sealants, just give us a call. 
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