Dental sealants can play a critical role in children’s dental health. There is some confusion, however, about exactly what they are. At Dental Designs of Owensboro, we know that some parents might not realize the critical differences between sealants and fillings. So, we are here to set the record straight!
How do Dental Sealants and Dental Fillings Differ?
Dental sealants and dental fillings are both applied to teeth, but they 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 Dental Designs of Owensboro, we view them as important as brushing in cavity prevention. Parents from Henderson, Tell City IN, and Hartford trust our family and general dentistry. Request an appointment for your child today!