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What’s the Deal with Seals?

Dental sealants prevent cavities

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), 90% of all the cavities in school age children occur in the deep pits and fissures of teeth. It is for this reason that sealants are so important and can be such a valuable tool in preventing the most common types of cavities. A sealant’s ability to help prevent cavities and thus more extensive dental treatment in the future makes it a very cost-effective form of preventive dental treatment. Studies have shown that with appropriate follow-up care and maintenance, sealants can be 80-90% effective in reducing cavity formation. Although the majority of sealants are placed on permanent molars, the AAPD states:

“any tooth, including primary teeth and permanent teeth other than molars, may benefit from sealant application due to fissure anatomy and cavity forming risk factors.”

If you’re interested in getting sealants on your child’s teeth during their next dental visit, contact our office by Online Appointment Request or call 214 618 5200.

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