Preventing Decay with Dental Sealants

Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in the U.S. Nearly half the children between the ages of 6 to 11 years old have cavities.1

But it can be stopped. With good oral care, sealants have been shown to cut tooth decay by more than 70 percent.2

Sealants Can Shield Teeth from Decay
Even with frequent brushing, it is sometimes hard to remove food and plaque from the chewing surfaces. Dental sealants are safe plastic-like materials that are painted onto the chewing areas. They act as protective barriers to help “seal out” germs and food that cause tooth decay.

Tooth decay is most likely to happen soon after teeth come into the mouth. That means children are great candidates for sealants. The teeth most at risk are the permanent back teeth, so it is strongly recommended that sealants be placed on these teeth as soon as they appear.

Sealants are Painless, Safe and Easy to Put On
Dental sealants have been used safely for more than 30 years. Sealants are sturdy and can last years before a replacement is needed. Dental sealants not only help prevent tooth decay, they keep smiles healthy by avoiding other dental procedures.

Talk to your dentist about sealants. You and your dentist can decide what is right for your child.

Check your plan benefits for coverage facts. For more tips on the link between oral health and your overall health, visit Log in to Blue Access® for Members. Click on the “My Coverage” tab and then “Dental” to visit the Dental Wellness Center. Also look for an in-network dentist. In-network dentists offer discounts on services that will save you money.

Studies also show links between gum disease and other health concerns such as stroke, diabetes, and raised risks during pregnancy.

A Complete Preventive Program
Sealants are one part of a child’s dental care. A complete program also includes:

  • Toothpaste with fluoride
  • Twice-daily brushing
  • Flossing at least once a day
  • Wise food choices with limited snacking
  • Regular professional cleanings

Plan your family’s dental visits today!

1 National Institutes of Health, 1999-2004
2 National Institute of Health, 2014


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