ORANGE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Western Dental, a national leader in dental and orthodontic care, knows that getting your child to brush after every meal can be a challenge. That’s why dental sealants, a clear, thin protective coating, can be a key treatment in reducing and preventing cavities when applied to teeth.
In fact, sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars. This is especially important when it comes to your child's dental health since, according to a report issued by the Center for Disease Control, "school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants." (October 2016)
Children and adults can benefit from sealants, but early intervention is key. First molars appear around age 6, and second molars break through around age 12. Applying sealants to new molars can keep them cavity-free from the start, which helps save time and money in the long run. Even better news: sealants for children are covered by Medi-Cal every two years and are typically covered by private insurance or Medicaid in other states.
How sealants are applied. It’s an easy and painless process. Your dentist preps the surface of your tooth by applying a gel so that a strong bond will form between your tooth and the sealant. Sealant is then ready to be applied onto the grooves of your tooth and allowed to harden. Sealants dry to a clear, invisible coating. Your dentist can insure the sealants are effectively protecting your teeth each time you come in for your appointment.
Sealants will often last for several years. Your dentist can advise you if sealants are an option for you, and how often you might need to reapply them.
To learn more about Western Dental or inquire about an office in your community, visit www.westerndental.com or call 1-800-6-DENTAL.
ABOUT WESTERN DENTAL
Western Dental (with its affiliates, including Brident Dental & Orthodontics and Western Dental Kids) is one of the nation’s largest dental providers and is the leader in accessible, affordable oral healthcare, serving approximately 2.4 million patient visits annually in 246 affiliated offices throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas. In addition to general dentistry, it offers orthodontics, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and endodontics in its offices, creating a convenient full service “Dental Home.”
In California, Western Dental is the leading provider of services to both adults and children in the Medi-Cal Dental program – part of the Medi-Cal public insurance program that provides health care benefits for more than 13 million low-income individuals and families. Western Dental dentists provided care to more than a half-million Medi-Cal Dental beneficiaries in 2017 and is committed to continuing to partner with the State to help improve the program.
All of Western Dental’s services are backed by a unique quality assurance system that monitors patient visits, treatments, dental staff and clinical performance to enable high-quality care. To learn more about Western Dental or inquire about an office in your community, visit www.westerndental.com or call 1-800-6-DENTAL.