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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that tooth decay is the most common infectious disease in children, which is why it's important to try to prevent it. While encouraging children to brush, floss and not overindulge on candy is important, there are other ways to combat tooth decay.
For example, the Unionville Times recently published an article by Stephanie McGann, D.M.D., who reported on dental sealants, which can be effective in preventing decay. Sealants seal the grooves in back teeth, molars and bicuspids, which have very uneven surfaces that make them a prime place for bacteria to accumulate.
These sealants can be applied on children after their permanent molar teeth erupt - the first set usually appear around age 6 and the second at 12. They usually last between five and 10 years, but can be reapplied if necessary.
"Dental sealants are an essential and regular part of a preventive dentistry program. If there is someone you know who might benefit from dental sealants, please talk with your dentist and find out if they are right for you," McGann wrote for the Unionville Times.
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