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I was told that I should get sealants on my child's teeth. Are they really necessary?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Avoid cavaties
Sealants are a good way to avoid cavities in toddlers & young kids.
This is not an easy group to work on & fill cavities & major restoration requires they be put to sleep. If you would rather do it the old fashion way & accept the risk, u can skip it.

In brief: Avoid cavaties
Sealants are a good way to avoid cavities in toddlers & young kids.
This is not an easy group to work on & fill cavities & major restoration requires they be put to sleep. If you would rather do it the old fashion way & accept the risk, u can skip it.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Did it with both our boys--now adults. Never had a single cavity.
Dr. Mark Thebaut
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Preventative
Sealants are one of the top three preventative measures taken in pediatric dentistry.
First is good home care. Second, is regular visits to the dentist to detect problems early. The third is sealants. Sealants close the deep grooves and pits in teeth that trap food and bacteria. Teeth are much easier for children to keep clean. I recommend sealants on all molars and premolars for every child.

In brief: Preventative
Sealants are one of the top three preventative measures taken in pediatric dentistry.
First is good home care. Second, is regular visits to the dentist to detect problems early. The third is sealants. Sealants close the deep grooves and pits in teeth that trap food and bacteria. Teeth are much easier for children to keep clean. I recommend sealants on all molars and premolars for every child.
Dr. Mark Thebaut
Dr. Mark Thebaut
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Dr. Eric Eltzroth
Dentistry
In brief: Good Idea
Dental sealants help reduce the risk of developing cavities on the biting surfaces of teeth.
They aren't absolutely necessary unless you want to give your child a better chance of not getting a cavity.

In brief: Good Idea
Dental sealants help reduce the risk of developing cavities on the biting surfaces of teeth.
They aren't absolutely necessary unless you want to give your child a better chance of not getting a cavity.
Dr. Eric Eltzroth
Dr. Eric Eltzroth
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Dr. Mazin Kizy
Dentistry
In brief: Peace of mind
Sealants protect the chewing surfaces of teeth from cavities.
This is where most kids get cavities.

In brief: Peace of mind
Sealants protect the chewing surfaces of teeth from cavities.
This is where most kids get cavities.
Dr. Mazin Kizy
Dr. Mazin Kizy
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