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By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
February 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental sealants  

While children are less likely than adults to experience periodontal (gum) disease, the same can't be said for tooth decay. One aggressive form of decay called early childhood caries (ECC) can have a profound effect on a child's dental development and future health.

That's why dentists who treat young children often use a variety of preventive measures to reduce the risk of ECC and other dental diseases. One popular method is dental sealants, dental material coatings applied to the biting surfaces of teeth that fill in the naturally occurring pits and crevices. These areas are highly susceptible to plaque formation, a bacterial biofilm of food particles that tends to accumulate on teeth. It's the bacteria that live in plaque that are most responsible for the formation of tooth decay.

Roughly one third of children between the ages of 6 and 11 have received some form of dental sealant. It's a quick and painless procedure applied during a routine office visit. The dentist brushes the sealant in liquid form on the teeth, and then hardens it with a special curing light. It's common for children to begin obtaining sealant protection as their molars begin to come in.

With their increased popularity among dentists, researchers have conducted a number of studies to see whether dental sealants have a measurable effect reducing tooth decay. After reviewing the cases of thousands of children over several years, many of these studies seemed to show that children who didn't receive sealants were more than twice as likely to get cavities as children who did.

As evidence continues to mount for dental sealants' effectiveness protecting young children from decay, both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry now recommend it for all children. Not only can sealants help preserve children's teeth now, but they can reduce future costs for dental treatment that results from tooth decay.

If you would like more information on children's dental sealants and other decay prevention measures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
October 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you doing everything you can to keep your smile healthy? Dental sealants are recognized as an effective approach to preventing dental sealantscavities in children and adults. Sealants are plastic coatings painted on the surfaces of the back teeth. Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, which is located in Kissimmee, FL, offers a complete range of dental services, including sealants. Dr. Adel Mansour is one of the finest dentists in Kissimmee, FL. 

Sealants Prevent Cavities

The most important reason for getting dental sealants is to prevent cavities. Dental sealants cover the chewing surfaces of the back teeth and protect these vulnerable areas from decay by "sealing out" food and plaque. The dental sealants are painted on the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over your tooth enamel.

Protect Your Child's Teeth

Studies showed that dental sealants warded off tooth decay in high proportions of permanent teeth. Because of the likelihood of developing decay in the depressions and grooves of the back teeth, kids and teens are good candidates for dental sealants. However, adults without tooth decay or fillings in their back teeth can also benefit from dental sealants.

Save Money on Dental Work

Having dental sealants put on your back teeth before they decay will save you a lot of cash in the long run by avoiding dental fillings or crowns used to fix your teeth. The cost of sealants may be a small price to pay compared to the cost associated with dental work that may become necessary if your back teeth remain unprotected.

If you need dental sealants, why wait? We can help you today! Call Dr. Adel Mansour of Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Kissimmee, FL at 407-483-9990 now to schedule a dental appointment. We believe that everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile.

By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
March 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental sealants  

Taking care of your child’s teeth is a high priority, not only for their health now but for the future too. And that means dealing with their teeth’s most common and formidable enemy, tooth decay.

Your focus, of course, should be on preventing decay through good oral hygiene practices, a healthy diet low in foods with added sugar and regular office visits for cleaning and checkups. But some children at higher risk or who’ve already encountered tooth decay may also need a little extra help in the form of dental sealants.

The most common use of sealants addresses a weakness in young teeth that disease-causing bacteria exploit. Deep grooves known as pits and fissures form within the biting surfaces of developing back teeth and in the rear of front teeth.  It’s very difficult to reach these areas with daily brushing, so some plaque may be left behind (hence the importance of semi-annual office cleanings).

Inside the mouth, these pits and fissures are in a warm and moist environment and are a haven for bacteria that feed on plaque and produce high levels of acid as a by-product. The acid softens enamel to eventually create a hole, or a “cavity” in the tooth. Children’s young enamel is highly susceptible to this process — it hasn’t developed enough strength to resist the adverse effects of acid.

A “pit and fissure” sealant made of resin fills in the grooves in the teeth to inhibit the buildup of plaque — a kind of “mini” filling. It’s an added layer of protection that complements other prevention efforts. But applying them isn’t an automatic practice — we only recommend it for children at high risk, especially where decay is beginning or it appears the conditions are conducive for it. When needed, though, it can be quite effective in preventing decay or minimizing its effects.

The best way to know if your child could benefit from a sealant is to have them undergo a complete dental exam. From there we can advise you on whether a sealant application is an important investment in their current and future health.

If you would like more information on dental disease prevention for children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sealants for Children.”