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How One Simple Treatment Prevents Cavities for Years

February 10, 2017
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Posted By: Dr. Ardalan Sanati
Dental Sealants | Vienna VA

If your kids are like most kids, they are not the best at brushing their teeth.

Kids have a particularly difficult time reaching their back teeth, and many tend to avoid the back of the their mouths, making those molars a prime target for cavities. The good news is that there is one simple treatment that can help prevent cavities: dental sealants.

When it comes to kid dentistry at your Tysons Corner dentist, both Dr. Ardalan Sanati and Dr. Shohreh Shahram recommend that your child receive this quick and easy treatment. The procedure is relatively inexpensive—especially when compared to possible costs from fillings, root canals, or worse down the road.

Because it is National Children’s Dental Health Month, February is a good month to make sure you are doing all you can to protect your kids’ teeth.

What Are Dental Sealants—and How Do They Work?

Dental sealants are made of a plastic material that is applied to the tooth, filling in the grooves in the teeth where food and bacteria tend to hide. Food and plaque are essentially sealed out. They are particularly useful in the back molars because those areas can be tough to reach with a toothbrush.

Dental sealants can protect teeth for up to a decade. But because the material can become worn over time, it is a good idea to have your dentist check for cracks or fissures.

According to the American Dental Association, dental sealants applied to permanent molars can reduce the risk of developing cavities by 80 percent!

Are Dental Sealants Safe?

Most parents are aware of the material called BPA and recent concerns surrounding its safety. Although dental sealants do not contain BPA, they may contain certain compounds that turn into BPA when they come into contact with saliva. However, the ADA also reports there is minimal risk to children. To be ultra careful, you can talk to your dentist about scrubbing and rinsing the sealant after it is applied.

Call Tysons Dentistry for More Information about Sealants

Dental sealants are an important part of kid dentistry at your Tysons Corner dentist and can help protect your children’s teeth for years to come. Call us today!

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