April 14, 2009,
J.B. asks from Fort Collins, CO on April 12, 2009
The dentist recommends my 6 yr old daughter have her permanent molars sealed before they get cavities. I've read about why it's good to get done. I've also read that some of the materials in the stuff they use may not be the best for her body. Obviously if she gets a cavity, filling it is better than not. Any advice on whether it's better to expose her to the sealant if she has no problems?
A.T. answers from Colorado Springs on April 13, 2009
My mom had sealents put on mine and my brothers teeth when we were younger, no I am 28 and he is 26 and neither of us have ever had cavities. For that reason alone I recommend it.
A.C. answers from Salt Lake City on April 13, 2009
I've been a dental hygienist for 13 years. You can only seal teeth that have no problems. They are to prevent problems. SEAL HER TEETH. The most common area for decay is on the occlusal surface which is the part of the tooth that will be protected by a sealant. As long as they are intact and properly placed, sealants are 100% effective against decay! They are a must in my opinion and the opinion of the many dentists I have worked for. There are no good reasons not to a sealable tooth (sealable = permanent molar with no signs of decay present). Sealant materials are safe. I have read many journal articles on this topic and they have been extensively researched, approved, and safely used for many years. For more information ask your dentist, he or she will have countless research articles to refer you to which are scientifically based and not done by anyone who has an agenda. My kids have sealants on their teeth and I think you'll be hard pressed to find dental professionals whose children don't have sealants (unless they were too slow and have fillings instead). Be sure to floss her teeth as well as brushing because sealants do not protect all teeth or in between the teeth.
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H.M. answers from Denver on April 13, 2009
My middle son went from not having any cavities and not looking like he would have a problem, to having a cavity so bad, you could see it with your eye! I was so glad we chose to seal the others, but wish I would have done it earlier. My oldest, ended up with cavities on all 4, as sealant wasn't an option for him earlier. I say do it, as it's much cheaper and way better for them than getting cavities filled!
J.K. answers from Denver on April 13, 2009
I am impressed that your 6 year old already has her permanent molars. If she doesn't how can they tell? I am a huge fan of a 2nd opinion, but I am also a huge fan of preventing anything dental. I am a big baby when it comes to the dentist due to my childhood and would do anything to spare my children ANY type of dental work. We go every 6 months for cleanings, we have great dentist and are very diligent about brushing our teeth. I trust our dentist and if she told us to do sealants I would approach it as I did vaccines, lots of research.
M.W. answers from Denver on April 13, 2009
I've personally not heard of any negative side effects from having them sealed, and my children didn't have any problems, HOWEVER they also still got cavaties. So, it was a big ol' waste of money for us...
P.G. answers from Salt Lake City on April 14, 2009
The dentist we had when my kids were young put clear fillings in their molars. This was a safe thing for their health and it kept their molars from getting cavities as children. I think it was a good thing and I would recommend it.
C.P. answers from Provo on April 13, 2009
My daughter had her molars sealed and she is now eighteen and has no cavities. Her teeth are beautiful. I can not recall my sons ever getting their teeth sealed and they have a few fillings.
S.T. answers from Denver on April 13, 2009
I've been doing some research on fillings and root canals and am regretting the root canals I had done a few years ago. I am planning on getting my last silver/mercury filling out with a dentist that really knows how to safely protect me from the toxins. So many dentists are pretty lax about it. http://www.hugginsappliedhealing.com/ is a website to check out. There is a blood test that is suppose to assess your body's immune response to various dental materials, so if you do need a filling or a crown, you can get something that is least reactive to your body. That makes sense to me.
There is lots of conflicting opinions on this topic, however I've learn with the other toxins in our environment (water, air, skin care, cleaning products and electropollution) the government and big agencies are not always looking out for our best interest (big $). I've compiled research, links and articles on the above subjects at livinghealthiernow.com, but I'm still in the process of deciding what is best for me with my teeth. Definitely dig deeply and go with your gut feeling. Please let me know what you found out on the sealants. I can't even remember what I did with my kids teeth.
D.K. answers from Denver on April 13, 2009
That is a new one to me. I just looked it up and the only thing I found was concern in Spain where they found some type of bisphenol A in very minimal amounts however not in the USA.
I had my daughters done, the Pediatrician said nothing about contents of what you seal the tooth with, they have come a long way with dental procedures that are much better then years past. My dentist is pretty thorough, even slowly getting the metal filling out of my mouth that are breaking down and old so I am not poisened with mercury....so I would say if you trust your dentist then it is probably a great way to keep her cavitiy free.