Cavities are common on the chewing surfaces of the molars. Children especially can have difficulty keeping these teeth clean.
With dental sealants, the dentists of Verde Pointe Dental Associates can help stop the formation of tooth decay on the back teeth.
Learn how simple preventative dentistry measures have helped many patients in Marietta, Kennesaw, and Powder Springs, GA.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Also known as pit and fissure sealants, dental sealants are materials used on children's back teeth as soon as the adult molars come through. Dental sealants are typically made of plastics, and dentists simply and painlessly paint them on the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars.
Just how effective are sealants as a cavity prevention tool?
How Long Do Sealants Last?
With proper care, dental sealants can last up to 10 years. The sealant lifespan can be affected by crunchy foods, which can cause chipping and cracking. While dental sealants are a valuable asset in cavity prevention, patients should continue to practice good dental hygiene and come to our Marietta, GA, practice for regular checkups to maintain their oral health.
While sealants have been around since the 1960s, less than half of children and adolescents in the United States have had sealants on their teeth.
Understanding the Potential Risks What You Should Know About BPA and Sealants
We understand that many of our patients might be concerned about sealants and BPA. We provide information on this topic so you can weigh the potential risks and make a decision that's right for you and your children.
What Is BPA?
Bisphenol A, commonly referred to as BPA, is a resin used to make bottles and liners in food cans. BPA is known to be an endocrine disruptor, and there is some evidence that BPA can be harmful to a child's health.
We do not use sealants that contain BPA, but many of them contain compounds that turn into BPA when they come in contact with saliva.
Dental Sealants Safety
Studies have found that BPA exposure is minimal and can be reduced with regular dental hygiene, especially when first applied. This is why our dentists feel the cavity prevention benefits outweigh the risks.
What the ADA Has to Say
The American Dental Association (ADA) fully supports continued research into the safety of BPA in dentistry. Based on current evidence, the ADA does not believe there is a basis for health concerns related to BPA exposure from any dental components or materials.
In our opinion, dental sealants represent less risk to general and dental health than untreated cavities and the need for restorations and extensive dental treatment.
Can Adults Get Dental Sealants?
Adults can benefit from sealants even if they've never had them applied previously. Maintaining a good dental sealant plan for teenagers and adults is worth the investment. By preventing tooth decay, you can improve your oral health for years to come.
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