To Floss or Not to Floss. My Facebook newsfeed in the last 2 months has been on click bait headlines debating if flossing works or doesn’t. The simple answer is YES it works but you need to know how to floss properly, if you are too aggressive you end up doing a lot of damage to your gums and teeth.
Since most of us particularly kids and teenagers don’t. Vi
sits to wonderful dentists like me for painful fillings has become more common
But did you know that there is something that is also very effective at preventing cavities specially in children by 76%.??
Dental sealants, which coat the biting surfaces of the molars to protect them from plaque and decay. The problem is that sealants, which have been around for decades, are underused, especially for the kids who need them most.
Here are Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;
1. Approximately 23% of children aged 2–5 yearshad dental caries in primary teeth.
2. 41 % of kids ages 6 to 11 had at least one dental sealant on a permanent tooth in 2011-12. Most on the molars
3. 21% of kids ages 6 to 11 and 58 percent of youths ages 12 to 19 had cavities in permanent teeth in 2011-12.
The first sign of decay on a tooth is tiny white spots. When the decay goes unchecked cavities emerge. But when a dentist applies a fluid sealant to the pits and fissures of the molars, it hardens to create a protective barrier. This stops the bacteria from doing even more damage.
According to newly updated practice guidelines from the American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, sealants can prevent tooth decay from starting and can also stop early-stage decay from progressing into a cavity.
Ideally, they’re applied soon after the tooth comes in, before decay has a chance to start, and they last for several years.
This is an ideal and cost effective solution particularly for children. With the cost of a sealant less than one-third the cost of a filling.
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