Should You Get Sealants For Your Child?

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Hi, I’m Dr. B, practicing functional dentist for 35 years. I graduated from the Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA in 1987 and am a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), Academy of General Dentistry (Chicago, IL), American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), and Dental Board of California. I'm on a mission to empower people everywhere with the same evidence-based, easy-to-understand dental health advice that my patients get. Learn more about Dr. B

When it comes to making dental health decisions for yourself or your children, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. There is no absolute right or wrong decision, so it is often about finding the lesser of two evils. This is why it is important to do as much research as you can, and to find credible sources that you resonate with. In today’s episode, Dr. B. talks about sealants and some of the research around these coverings. We hear about some of the potential adverse effects, when it is necessary to get sealants for your child, and what a good sealant insertion looks like. As with many areas of dentistry, this is a subject with a lot of gray areas, but the more you know, the better informed you will be, so be sure to tune in today!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Some background on sealants, including what they are, how long they last, and their efficacy
  • It is difficult to get patients in at the right time if they need sealants
  • You have to weigh up the good and the bad when it comes to dental decisions
  • Sealants contain endocrine disruptors which have adverse long-term effects
  • What researchers have found about BPA exposure with sealants
  • How Dr. B’s sealant insertion process works
  • Before you put something in your body, you should do thorough research

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