March is our Sealant Project! As part of the American Dental Association's Give Kids a Smile initiative, we are offering sealants for FREE for the entire month. Sealants are a quick, easy, pain-free way to prevent back teeth from developing cavities. Read on for more information,
Our teeth have lots of pits, valleys, and fissures on their chewing surfaces. If you've ever looked in your mouth after eating Oreos, you know that it's easy for food to get stuck into those grooves. If these grooves are too deep, our saliva can't wash out that food and cavities can develop as a result. When permanent back teeth grow in around age 6 and age 12, dentists cover the grooves with a clear or tooth-colored material to "seal" off the deepest parts of the grooves.
Do Sealants Hurt?
Sealants are completely painless. Patients getting sealants don't have to be given any shots, and can eat immediately afterward. After getting sealants, most patients completely forget that they're there!
Are Sealants Safe? What About BPA?
You may have heard that sealants contain a dangerous substance called Bisphenol-A (BPA), but the amount contained in sealants is less than the BPA we're exposed to just by breathing air. The benefit of preventing cavities more than outweighs the microscopic BPA exposure they can cause.
Don't wait—give us a call today to schedule your appointment!
For more information, see the following websites:
National Institutes of Health - Seal out tooth decay!
Centers for Disease Control - Sealants
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry - Use of Pit and Fissure Sealants