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By Office of Michael C Scheske, DDS, PC
August 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sealants  

Dental SealantsProtect your child's teeth from harmful bacteria with dental sealants.

The experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate almost 70 percent of American kids have cavities. If this decay isn't treated by a dentist, it can lead to more painful problems. Staying current on appointments with your Union, Missouri family dentist and keeping sugar at a minimum are excellent ways to maintain your dental health, but some people have a genetic predisposition to tooth decay. To keep children's teeth healthy, Dr. Michael Scheske, your Union family dentist, offers an extra layer of protection through the use of dental sealants. 

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants essentially safeguard the teeth against bacteria. While teeth look smooth, they have tiny pits and grooves on their surfaces, and food particles that collect in these areas, leading to decay. The sealant itself is a liquid plastic material, which is "painted" on the teeth at your Union family dentist's office. This material is then hardened with a safe UV light. Sealants are especially useful on molars; their chewing surfaces and location in the back of the mouth make them difficult to clean properly and prone to retaining plaque and acids. Applying the sealant quick, painless and cost-effective, requiring no anesthesia and just one visit to Dr. Scheske, your Union family dentist.

How long do sealants last?

Dental sealants are very durable; it will be between five and seven years before your Union family dentist will need to reapply them. Checking the sealants is also part of each cleaning procedure your child has with Dr. Scheske. 

Are dental sealants new?

Sealants have actually been available since the 1960's, but not all dental offices offer them. Dr. Michael Scheske, your Union family dentist, has done his research and sides with many dental professionals and public health advocates that advocate their use for preventative care. 

Along with good oral hygiene, dental sealants are an excellent investment that can keep your child's teeth healthy for many years to come. Talk to Dr. Scheske's dental team in Union, Missouri to schedule an appointment.