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Sealing Children's Teeth

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CCJD Thu 13-Aug-09 12:05:48

Hi all. Wonder if anyone knows the answer to this. I am always astounded that Dentists dont offer teeth sealing for children (it's generally something you need to know about and request in order for them to do it.) But why will they only seal once the second adult teeth are through?
Both my children brush their teeth day and night, and eat and well balanced diet. It looks like my DD has inherited my rubbish weak teeth and if they would seal her baby teeth we might be able to avoid the whole dentist phobia issue now. I hated the dentist and this lasted way into adult hood.If we could avoid my DD needing lots of work to her baby teeth maybe we could avoid a dentis phobia building.
My son has had all his adult teeth sealed and what a god send.
Is it just a money thing ? - I mean sealed teeth dont require fillings etc? Or is it becuase they think that children will use it as an excuse not to brush their teeth?? Any thoughts?

Meglet Thu 13-Aug-09 21:20:32

bumping for you. I had all my adult teeth sealed when they came through and have never had fillings. I still had to brush them through, my parents didn't let me get away with faffing around when it came to teeth.

discombobulate Thu 13-Aug-09 21:32:28

Fissure sealing the teeth won't stop them needing fillings, it just protects them a bit more so reduces the likelihood.

It isn't usual to seal deciduous or baby teeth, but as soon as the adult ones come through these should be sealed if necessary. This is mainly because the adult ones have to last your whole life whereas the baby ones dont. Also the baby ones dont have very deep fissures on the surface so there is less need for the sealants. The decay usualy starts in between the baby teeth which is not something that can be prevented by sealing the teeth.

The most important thing is a low sugar diet, and lots of brushing with a fluoride toothpaste.

pania Thu 13-Aug-09 21:37:02

But what exactly is IN the sealants? That's what I'd like to know. Is it some type of plastic or what?

CCJD Fri 14-Aug-09 08:19:19

Thanks for the replies - the seals are some sort of plastic resin and as above poster points out, increases the protection to your teeth.
My step daughter had them at 10 and now at 25 she still hasn't had a single filling, ditto for other adults I know who had them done ( and maintained).

chandellina Mon 17-Aug-09 12:00:28

i had it done as a child (and I think had some done again later) but I still have lots of fillings!

MamazontheDailyMailtakingadump Mon 17-Aug-09 12:12:35

I dont know why but i wish they did.
DS has good teeth but DD's are awful.
she has needed abo0ut4 fillings and her froint two are decayed very badly.

because we have had to go and have so much work done she is now terrified of the dentist and just wont go.

We brush twice, sometimes 3 times a day. she doesnt have fizzy drinks or many sweets. she eats a good home made diet.

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