Experts argue that dental sealing will help your children take care of their oral hygiene. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise parents to take their children to the dentist thus helping them prevent dental cavities. A study conducted by CDC which started in 2011 was meant to analyze how many children with ages between 6 and 11 suffered dental problems. The study was also evaluating if those kids managed to receive a visit to the dentist through school programs.
In comparison to the period between 1999 and 2004, the study revealed that kids were going to the dentist for dental sealants frequently than before. It has been registered an increase of about 16% of the number of dental sealants. Unfortunately, half of the number of unprivileged children did not receive dental sealants. These procedures can help preventing 80% of the dental cavities. If these will also be applicable for low-income children, then 3.4 million cavities will be avoided during over four years.
Studies have shown that currently almost 20% of children suffered tooth decay and did not treat it until reaching the age of 19. The CDC has claimed that school-age kids who do not take care of their oral hygiene are almost three times more likely to suffer from dental cavities than those children who visit the dentist. If school-based programs will financially support children’s visits to the dentist, then seven million unprivileged children will have a correct oral hygiene. In this way, the costs of dental treatments will be reduced with $300 million.
Dr. Tom Frieden, who is the director of CDC, has argued that children who don’t get to the dentist to treat their cavities in time will suffer from impairments in speaking, learning and eating. Researchers have unveiled that only one out of three low-income children manage to benefit from dental sealants. Programs which are meant to promote and develop the idea of health should be organized frequently in schools.
The CDC asserts that dental sealants represent very thin coating which gets applied on the back part of a tooth through the help of a special gel. Dentists claim that 90% of the dental cavities occur on our backmost teeth. These sealants are very durable, lasting up to ten years. CDC is currently taking care of providing funding for 21 public health departments.
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