With so many schools on spring break, March offers the opportunity for parents to help protect their children from tooth decay. Even if your child brushes and flosses really good, it’s difficult to clean the bumpy surfaces called pits on the back teeth.
“When we eat, food clings to our teeth and that can lead to plaque build up,” says Dr. J. Philipp. “Plaque produces acid from the food we eat which can cause cavities. Dental sealants are one of the most effective ways to keep teeth healthy because they keep food from getting trapped in the pits where 70 percent of cavities start.”
What are sealants?
• Protective coating placed in the grooves of your teeth.
• They seal grooves shut so no bacteria can enter.
How are sealants applied?
• Teeth are cleaned, conditioned and dried.
• Sealant is applied into grooves and a special light is used to harden it.
• Each tooth takes about 30 seconds.
Who is a good candidate for sealants?
• Traditionally placed in children around age 6 with a second round at age 12.
• Anyone who wants to prevent decay should talk to their dentist about them.
How long will that last?
1. While every person is different, sealants will typically last 3- 6 years before they need to be replaced.
2. Your dentist will monitor sealants during your regular cleanings.
How much do they cost?
• Many insurance companies will cover sealants, especially in children because they are only 20 percent of the cost of fillings.
• J. Philipp Centers for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry provide sealants at $26 per tooth, but offering them for just $20 during March.
About J. Philipp Centers for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry:
Located at 3230 S. Gilbert Road, Ste. 4, in Chandler, J. Philipp Centers for Family and Cosmetic Dentistry was founded by Justin Philipp, DMD. The successful practice has won numerous awards and offers a wide variety of quality dental services. Visit www.jphilipp.com to learn more.