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By Dental Associates of Cumberland
May 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sealants  

Protect your child’s smile with the help of dental sealants from our family dentists!

Daily brushing/flossing and attending regular dental checkups are two habits that are important to instill in your child early on to prevent common childhood dental conditions such as cavities. Of course, we also know how challenging it can be for little ones to keep those backKids teeth cavity-free. This is where dental sealants from our Cumberland, RI, family dentists can help!

What is a dental sealant?

These thin plastic coatings are applied to the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars to seal out bacteria and food from getting trapped in the grooves and ridges. Back teeth are often the hardest teeth to keep clean, largely due to how these nooks and crannies make a hospitable environment for plaque, tartar, and cavities. Sealants help prevent this.

How are dental sealants placed?

Getting sealants is easy and we know that kids will rejoice to hear that it’s completely painless. Sealants can even be placed during your child’s next dental cleaning—all we have to do is clean your child’s teeth and then paint the sealant onto the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars. After that, a curing light is simply directed over the teeth to harden the sealant into place. It’s that easy!

When should my child get sealants?

Your child’s first set of molars will usually come in around the age of 6 or 7. Once the molars have come through the gums, our dentists can place the sealants. The second set of molars will usually erupt between the ages of 11-13, so overall your child will need to come in at least twice to have sealants placed.

Are dental sealants just for kids?

While we definitely encourage children to get dental sealants as soon as their molars come in, this doesn’t mean that teens and even adults can’t benefit from getting sealants, as well. Those who are particularly prone to cavities may choose to get sealants from our Cumberland office during their next cleaning to reduce their risk. Ask us if you could benefit from sealants, too!

Give us a call!

No matter whether you have questions about getting dental sealants for your child or you want to schedule a routine checkup for your entire family, call Dental Associates of Cumberland today at (401) 723-0350. We are proud to provide comprehensive family dentistry to patients of all ages living in Cumberland, RI!

By Dental Associates of Cumberland
June 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth lost to tooth decay can have devastating consequences for a child’s dental health. Not only can it disrupt their current nutrition, speech and social interaction, it can also skew their oral development for years to come.

Fortunately, we have a number of preventive tools to curb decay in young children. One of the most important of these, dental sealants, has been around for decades. We apply these resin or glass-like material coatings to the pits and crevices of teeth (especially molars) to help prevent the buildup of bacterial plaque in areas where bacteria tend to thrive.

Applying sealants is a simple and pain-free process. We first brush the coating in liquid form onto the teeth’s surface areas we wish to protect. We then use a special curing light to harden the sealant and create a durable seal.

So how effective are sealants in preventing tooth decay? Two studies in recent years reviewing dental care results from thousands of patients concluded sealants could effectively reduce cavities even four years after their application. Children who didn’t receive sealants had cavities at least three times the rate of those who did.

Sealant applications, of course, have some expense attached to them. However, it’s far less than the cost for cavity filling and other treatments for decay, not to mention future treatment costs resulting from previous decay. What’s more important, though, is the beneficial impact sealants can have a child’s dental health now and on into adulthood. That’s why sealants are recommended by both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

And while sealants are effective, they’re only one part of a comprehensive strategy to promote your child’s optimum dental health. Daily brushing and flossing, a “tooth-friendly” diet and regular dental cleanings and checkups are also necessary in helping to keep your child’s teeth healthy and free of tooth decay.

If you would like more information on preventing tooth decay in children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Dental Associates of Cumberland
August 23, 2012
Category: Oral Health
Tags: celebrity smiles   diabetes   sealants  

As the youngest person ever to host Entertainment Tonight, Maria Menounos, an independent filmmaker, actress, and co-host of daily entertainment news program Extra, has made a huge splash in the world of entertainment journalism. However, she is also an avid ambassador for the American Diabetes Association, a cause that is very dear to her heart because her father is a diabetic.

Her father's illness taught Menounos and her family about the importance of maintaining good general and dental health. This included a diet packed with fruits and vegetables, many of which they raised themselves. According to Menounos, they also ate little-to-no junk food. These habits still help keep the busy celebrity journalist fit and smiling with beautiful, healthy teeth.

Speaking of her smile, Menounos openly discusses her oral health in her interview with Dear Doctor magazine. She has had no major dental enhancements — not even braces — but does occasionally brighten her smile with tooth whitening. She also feels that her teeth are healthy due to the sealants she had as a child.

We could not agree more with Maria! Sealants for the tiny grooves in teeth known as “pits and fissures” are something that every parent or caregiver should consider for their children. The enamel of newly erupted teeth is more permeable, meaning that the acids produced by bacteria in the mouth can damage these teeth more easily, making them more susceptible and less resistant to decay. The good news is that dental sealants help protect teeth until the enamel has matured. Because of sealants — along with fluoride, good hygiene, and better nutrition (including less sugar consumption), tooth decay has been dramatically reduced.

If you are interested in learning more about dental sealants, contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination. During this private consultation, we will also discuss any questions you have as well as what treatment options will be best for you or your children. However, to learn more about dental sealants now, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sealants for Children.” And to read the entire interview with Maria Menounos, please see the Dear Doctor magazine article “Maria Menounos.”



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