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Dental Sealants

The Benefits of Dental Sealants

Written 12/04/2013 by Angelica & Jill

Despite the fact that it is almost entirely preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. More than 40 percent of children ages 2 to 11 have had a cavity in their primary (baby) teeth, and more than two-thirds of 16- to 19-year-olds have had a cavity in their permanent teeth. Although overall rates of tooth decay have decreased over the past four decades, decay has actually increased in preschool age children in recent years.

The good news is there are safe and effective preventive measures that can protect teeth. Good oral hygiene practices such as thorough brushing with a fluoride toothpaste can help keep children from getting cavities. In addition, dental sealants and community water fluoridation are two other strategies that can help prevent tooth decay.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are thin, plastic like coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to keep germs and food out of their pits and grooves. Studies supported have shown that sealants are safe and effective. But many people don't know about sealants. In fact, less than one-third of children in the U.S. have sealants on their teeth.

How can you get sealants for your children? Talk to your dentist about getting dental sealants for your children. Some health insurance programs pay for sealants; ask your health insurance provider if this is a covered benefit.  Most times sealants are considered preventive services, covered at 100% of usual and customary fees. Sometimes sealants are also put on at school. Check with your school about whether it has a dental sealant program.