Dental sealant treatment: Dentist uses dental tools on young patient

Dental Sealant Treatments

Dental sealant treatment: Dentist uses dental tools on young patient

Seal the Deal on Healthy Teeth for National Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month with Dental Sealants

Children’s dental health is important every single day, but there’s a difference each February – people are actually talking about it! That’s because February is National Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month. Every year, the American Dental Association (ADA) designates a theme, and this year, the theme 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 is offering multiple 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 dental sealant treatments if you decide it’s the right thing for your family.

Dental Sealant Treatments Protect Kids’ 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.”

Screenshot of the Sealants Make Sense flyer

Download the flyer in English or download the flyer in Spanish.

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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Dental Sealant Treatments was last modified: February 4th, 2022 by Palos Heights Family Dental