Dental sealants can play a critical role in children’s dental health. They are an extra layer of protection for your teeth, and are available at the Pediatric Dental Center.
How do Dental Sealants and Dental Fillings Differ?
Dental sealants and dental fillings are used on teeth but have different applications. Fillings repair a tooth after it starts decaying, whereas dental sealants can prevent tooth decay before it happens.
Most tooth decay is in the molars, those rear teeth used for grinding and chewing food. Molars have pits and grooves that trap food and bacteria, which can lead to cavities.
Dental sealants can prevent this from happening. They are a thin coating used to seal the teeth. Studies show they can prevent eighty percent of cavities for two years after they are applied. They prevent fifty percent of cavities for up to for years.
School-aged kids who don’t have sealants have almost three times as many cavities than those kids who do.
Applying the sealants is quick and painless. At Pediatric Dental Center we view them as important as brushing in cavity prevention. We offer preventative dentistry and specialize in early dental care, with offices in Burlington, Cold Spring and Crestview Hills KY. Call us to schedule your child’s next checkup today!
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