Dental Sealants - News To Smile About

Kid and dentist are BOTH smiling Here's news that many parents are smiling about. Dental sealants have been recommended by the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the United States Public Health Service as an effective means of preventing cavities. Surprisingly, less than 20 percent of children and adolescents in the United States have received the treatment.

Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating that covers the chewing surface of back teeth, closing up grooves where bacteria and food lodge to cause tooth decay. Sealants are generally applied to permanent molars and premolars, but they can also be applied to baby teeth. Sealants can be effective for as long as 10 years.

Most parents are unaware that, in keeping with the trend toward preventive care, many dental insurance plans cover sealants up to a certain age for a child. A recent fee survey showed that the national average cost to apply a sealant is approximately one-half to one-third the cost of filling a cavity in the tooth.

The process, which is painless and safe, is meant to be part of a complete program of dental health, including daily brushing and flossing as well as regular dental checkups. Children and adolescents are the most obvious candidates for sealants, however adults can also benefit. For more information on dental sealants, ask your dental health provider. (NAPSI)

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