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Sealants: A great way to protect dental health
Updated: 12/31/2008 4:00:23 PM
 

Sealants: A great way to protect dental health Aside from monitoring brushing and flossing, many parents may be looking for further ways to potentially improve their children's dental health.

Sealants are one way to protect kids' teeth from tooth decay, which can be the cause of significant pain.

These thin plastic films are applied directly to the chewing surfaces of teeth in order to shield the vulnerable pits and grooves from food particles and bacteria.

According to Academy of General Dentistry spokesperson Dr Mark Ritz, "many children are exceptional candidates for dental sealants."

"Patients should consider sealants as a preventive measure in their child's oral health and discuss this option with their dentist," he added.

However, Ritz cautioned parents not to think of sealants as the be-all and end-all of proper dental care.

Even though sealants have been judged to be 100 percent effective against cavities, they do not necessarily protect teeth from gum disease or other dental health issues.

The American Dental Association recommends that people have regular dental checkups approximately twice a year to help monitor dental health.

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