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When it comes to dental hygiene and preventing cavities and other oral health problems, nothing replaces brushing and flossing. Proper brushing and flossing — preferably after every meal and before bedtime — is essential.
Dental sealants are one of the most popular general dentistry procedures we provide. Dental sealants offer an extra layer of protection. Studies show that dental sealants can reduce the risk of cavities by as much as 80 percent. Dental sealants are applied to the molars, the teeth in the back of your mouth used for chewing. Those teeth are prone to cavities because their uneven surfaces present ample opportunity for food to get stuck, leading to the production of bacteria and ultimately tooth decay. Dental sealants reduce the risk by acting as a barrier between the tooth and food particles.
Applying dental sealants is a very simple, painless process, and they last for years. And many dental insurance plans cover dental sealants. Contact us today in our Spartanburg office and ask to speak to our dental insurance expert for help determining if your plan does.
Many parents choose dental sealants for their children. The extra protection is important as children are learning proper dental habits. Studies have shown that children who don’t have sealants are three times as likely to develop cavities compared to children who do have sealants.
First molars usually appear about age 6, with second molars breaking through at about age 12. It is highly recommended to get sealants as soon as possible after these teeth appear. Sealing them right from the start should help you avoid fillings down the road, making sealants a preventive procedure that saves you money in the long run.
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