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02 November 2016

Dental Sealants Recommended for Low-Income Kids

Dental sealant treatment has the benefits of reducing cavities and associated pain and dental costs. 60 percent of children do not have dental sealants.

Key takeaways:

  • Dental sealants are in the form of liquid plastic that quickly hardens after it is painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth forming a protective layer.
  • The dental sealants have been shown to prevent cavities by up to 80 percent over a period of 2 years.
  • School-based sealant programs have been lauded for their ability to reach kids from low income families who are less likely to get dental care services.

Although sealants will help in the prevention of cavities, cavities can also happen in between the teeth, so kids will still need to have checkups, she said.

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