Leading pediatric dentistry expert, Dr. Barry L. Jacobson, says that dental sealants offer a quick and easy way to prevent 80% of cavities in children.
Online PR News – 31-March-2017 – According to Dr. Barry L. Jacobson, DMD, FAAPD, a pediatric dentist with offices in New York City and world-renowned as one the best children’s Dentist (www.949pediatricdentistry.com), dental sealants are a quick, easy, and relatively cheap solution for preventing cavities.
Although the idea behind sealants is not new, Dr. Jacobson explains, theyre quickly becoming more popular.
According to Dr. Jacobson, the Centers for Disease Control recently released a new report saying that children who do not have sealants get nearly three times as many cavities as their peers.
The bottom line, he says, is that so many kids could benefit from sealants. However, nearly 60% of children between 6 and 11 don’t have them.
According to Dr. Jacobson, sealants are a plastic material that is placed in the pits and fissures of the chewing surfaces of the teeth, particularly the molars at the back because toothbrushes cant reach all the way into the grooves to clean well.
Kids are notoriously bad brushers and tend to ignore the problem areas in the back of the mouth that lead to cavities and decay, making them the prime target market for sealants, Dr. Jacobson explains. The American Dental Association recommends that kids receive dental sealants as soon as their adult teeth erupt.
Dr. Jacobson says that dental sealants work by filling in and smoothing out the grooves and fissures in the teeth that tend to hide food particles and attract cavity-causing bacteria and cause childhood cavities.
According to the American Dental Association, sealants work by sealing out food and plaque, because toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves.
Dental sealants can protect the teeth for up to ten years, but need to be checked frequently by a dentist for cracks, explains Dr. Jacobson. If dental sealants are worn down, it is possible for decay to get under the sealant.
Dr. Jacobson says that dental sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of cavities in the teeth that are covered.
Are Dental Sealants Safe?
According to Dr. Jacobson, the biggest factor in the general safety of dental sealants is Bisphenol A, commonly referred to as BPA, which is a resin used in many types of plastics.
There is some evidence that BPA can be harmful to a childs health, but its not conclusive, he explains. This evidence cites BPA is a hormone disruptor and one study tied prenatal exposure to BPA with hyperactivity and anxiety in babies, especially girls. In July of 2013, the FDA banned BPA in baby bottles and kids drinking cups.
Dental sealants themselves dont contain BPA, he says, but many of them contain compounds that turn into BPA when they come in contact with saliva. However, the amount of exposure is extremely low, experts say, and can be reduced even further by scrubbing and rinsing sealants after they are applied.
At the end of the day, it is a good option for parents to consider, Dr. Jacobson concludes.
For 18 years, Dr. Barry L. Jacobson DMD, FAAPD, has been a leader in pediatric dental care. His practice, located at 949 Park Avenue, New York, NY, offers laser dentistry for children, cosmetic dentistry for children, preoperative dental care for children, soft tissue procedures, 3D CAD-CAM crown fabrication, porcelain fillings, and treatment of fearful children, with behavior management experts on hand. Call 212-997-6453 (212-99-SMILE) for more information or visit Dr. Jacobsons website at www.949pediatricdentistry.com.