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Dental Sealants for kids

And, while we're on the topic of teeth:

Does anyone have experience with/advice about dental sealants for kiddos?

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I had them as a kid. They certainly didn't do any damage to my teeth since at 37, I'm cavity-free and I never had braces.

I had sealants because I had some really deep grooves in my molars.

Recently my daughter's pediatrician suggested them as a possibility for her because she grinds her teeth. I don't know if they will work for that or not but I'm going to talk to a pediatric dentist (DD is under 2) for more info.

We haven't gotten them yet but have been planning to for our son who has problems with his enamel. He currently uses a special toothpaste and is getting fluoride washes every other month too.

I talked to my dentist about them because they are offered free through my son's school. The dentist said that sealants are only a good idea for a child who receives regular dental checkups. Otherwise (if I'm remembering correctly) there can be decay that gets under the sealants and then goes to town on the teeth, no longer affected by brushing, etc. So I think it's definitely something to talk to a professional about. Plus, referencing the post after this one about plastics, does anyone know what the sealants are made of?

I also had them as a kid and at 33 have only had one cavity.

Sealants are plastic, permanently attached to your teeth. With all the huh-bub about toxins in plastic as of late, I think I would prefer the cavity!

Theoretically they are permanent but in actuality, they are not. I had to have them replaced a couple of times until I got to an age where the dentist didn't feel they were necessary.

They can pop out and if they don't eventually, they will wear out. The constant use of your teeth pretty much ensures they won't last forever.

I had them as a kid also, and at age 35, have never had a cavity. I don't know if that is due to the sealant, genetics, or the fact that I grew up with flouridated water. In contrast to the other comment, I would far prefer to get sealant if a trusted dentist is recommending it, than go through the pain of cavities - I like to take preventative measures. Just make sure you trust your dentist and buy into his/her reasons for suggesting it.

Ditto what AT has to say. I am also 35, had sealants and fluoridated water, and no cavities. I think genes do have something to do with it (there is something about the make-up of one's saliva that makes one more or less prone to cavities). My husband has terrible teeth and my older daughter seemed to inherit it, so when her dentist recommended sealants, I was all for it.

I wish Portland had flouridated water. I grew up with it (Corvallis) and as I mentioned, no cavities. DH grew up here & has multiple cavities, as do his brothers.

We're fortunate enough that we can afford frequent dental appts and flouride for our daughter but it is very disturbing to me, that there are many children that go without flouride because it isn't in our water and those are the children, who in most cases, cannot afford regular and consistent dental appts.

I am thankful we do not have fluoride in our water. A recent Harvard study showed a 500% increase in a rare and often fatal bone cancer among little boys who were exposed to fluoride between the ages of 5 and 7 compared to those who were not. As a mother, that causes me concern. I grew up in a state that was 100% fluoridated and I have a mouthful of caveties. The CDC has stated that the benefits of fluoride are topical, not systemic, so there is no need to swallow it. Neither fluoride compounds added to drinking water, nor fluoride tablets have been approved by the FDA for the purposes of preventing dental caries. Even if it is beneficial to the teeth, which is debatable, there are no long term health studies showing long term ingestion of fluoride is safe and indeed, several studies that show it is potentially harmful, especially to children. Fluoride is not an essential nutrient and is not necessary for healthy teeth. Good diet, good oral hygiene and access to care are. While I would consider sealants, I would do my homework, especially in light of what we are learning about the various plastics. I am curious whether there are any independent, peer-reiewed long term studies showing they are safe.

All 3 of my girls had posterior molars sealed 3-4 years ago and at 14, 12 & 12 there are 0 cavities. Is it ALL due to the sealant? No, but they have helped. Hounding them to brush properly, until it became a habit, helped! Educating them helped. And heredity helps. As for the health risk due to BPA in plastics, etc??? I'd say the benefits of sealants outweighs the uncertain and unfounded hazards of plastic sealants. Prevention is huge!

I'm going to have sealants for both my 4 and 6 year old. I don't see any downside to the procedure. My husband and I both don't have a single molar *without* a cavity on the chewing surface! It has been proven to be an effective barrier to cavities on the chewing surfaces of the molars, and there are numerous articles wondering why so many children are not having sealants applied.

My child was born with deep pits in his molars, it's genetic, and the dentist explained to us that the fissures are so small that not even a tooth brush bristle will fit in there. Sealants are the only way to keep his teeth from looking like mine.

Apparently a company called www.pulpdent.com makes a non BPA sealant. Look under product search, sealants, msd to see the make-up of the product. Thanks to Dr. Michael Taylor for his hours of research to dig this up!

You can also get detailed information from here:-
http://www.growingsmileschicago.com/sealants.php

Just wondering if anyone has anything new to add here. I was at Kaiser today and was told the sealants used to have BPA in them but no longer do. We're reaching the age where it is starting to come up.

does the chemical they put on the teeth to make the sealant stick damaging to the tooth? My son claims that a sealant came out the evening he got them put on. Is it possible to have one come out already? Do I need to get it replaced or is his teeth okay without and not damaged? I never wanted them to put it on in the first place but the dentist did it without me knowing!

I used to grind my teeth which led me in using teeth sealants. My dentist recommended that as well. I think it's an effective tool to prevent cavities.

During my teens, I also used dental sealants due to teeth sensitivity that would burrow deep into my teeth after a hot or cold drink. It helped me get my sensations back to normal.

I had sealants growing up thanks to a mother who stayed on top of my dental health and to this day I have never had a single cavity (thank you mom!).

I plan on getting them for our children. You only get ONE SET OF ADULT TEETH in your life! And our teeth are so important for our overall health. I would rather have temporary sealants than lifelong fillings, crowns and partials anyday.

I’ve talked to several vendors with ONC certification who basically said they’re ignoring dentists in their outreach/software development (due to the larger potential market for internal medicine/general practice, the specialization required for dental systems, etc).

If you frequently have a bad taste in your mouth and you spot a white or yellow film on your tongue, why leave it and suffer when you can cure it and suffer no more, and neither will your friends have to either. If no oral cause can be recognized by the dentist for your bad breath, you might have to attend a dental clinic that specialises in breath smells.

I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your blog. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more enjoyable for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme? Fantastic work!

I would personally be against doing most dental work on my children. Usually with grinding teeth you can get them a mouth guard of sorts to protect the teeth. Grinding of teeth is a sign of nervousness and you may want to try a child care to get them social. It can help relieve nervousness. http://www.akarrasel.com/

I'm also wondering the same thing. My son may need some sealants, but we need to go to another dentist appointment. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice for my son or me? http://www.drmchernick.ca/en/services.html

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