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By Brian J O'Donovan D.D.S.
May 25, 2017
Category: Dental
Tags: Dental Sealants  

Brushing and flossing are the most important tools in the fight against cavities and tooth decay. But for young children learning proper dental sealantsbrushing and flossing techniques, adequately cleaning the entire surface of each tooth can be challenging, even if they brush every day. When combined with sugary snacks and drinks, children are especially vulnerable to tooth decay. Dr. Brian O'Donovan, a dentist in Aurora, IL, advises parents to consider dental sealants to help reduce the risk of cavities in young children.

Reduce Your Child's Risk of Cavities with Dental Sealants in Aurora

Think of dental sealants as a type of dental umbrella. Commonly used on molars and premolars, they are made of a thin plastic coating that is bonded directly to the chewing surface of the tooth, creating a flatter, smoother base for easier cleaning. A smoother chewing surface minimizes the amount of food and bacteria that can stow away in the grooves and nooks of each tooth, which can be hard to reach with a toothbrush, especially for the back teeth. The sealants create a buffer between the acids and bacteria that would otherwise attack the tooth.

Who Should Get Dental Sealants?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all children between the ages of 6 - 11 should have sealants to protect the molars from decay. And it's easy to see why. The American Dental Association estimates that dental sealants can help to lower the risk of tooth decay in children by as much as 80%. In most cases, sealants will last for several years and can be applied in a short visit to the dentist. Although they are appropriate at any age, dentists recommend getting them as early as possible to prevent cavities, and the costs and additional dental work required once a cavity actually develops.

Find a Dentist in Aurora

For more information on tooth decay and cavity prevention, contact Fox Moor Dental Clinic by calling (630) 820-2100 to schedule an appointment with Dr. O'Donovan today.