View Full Version : Teeth sealant
07-16-2008, 06:50 PM
What do you know about sealants for kids teeth. Your comments, experience etc is very much appreciated. According to the brochure it is a plastic(not really crazy about that)that would be put on the molers so that nothing could get in the crevicies (sp?). The children that would be getting them are 7. They have no cavities. We brush 2x/day and floss weekly. They aren't 100% raw, but do eat pretty healthy, not much sugar or grains. Haven't had time to google it and thought someone else may have already done the leg work. Thanks in advance. At this point my gut says no!! but what are the non obvious benefits? If any.
07-16-2008, 06:56 PM
I had it done as a child. The dentist said my teeth were naturally pitted and I needed it to prevent cavities. I seemed to chew the stuff right off. Probably due to my eating large amounts of crunchy raw vegetables. I had tons of cavities despite brushing twice a day and even using those nasty red tablets to prove that I had brushed well.
Daughter gets it. They say they have improved it since my time. She has still had some cavities. Not a lot compared to what I had. And she is not good with brushing. Often forgetting to do it before bed or claiming she did when I know she didn't. Or when she does brush, she tends to concentrate on certain spots and ignores others.
I don't personally have a problem with plastic so I never really gave it much thought. When we go to the dentist, we usually go at the same time. They put us in different rooms. So I never know what they did to her until after the fact.
07-16-2008, 10:04 PM
My kids got sealant and no cavities since (knock on wood) :) .
07-16-2008, 10:20 PM
My daughter got them, they do break down, which means they're ingesting the plastic! & I heard it's not a good one, but haven't done a lotta research on it, just said NO!" next time...I've read that for girls especially the plastics can affect their hormones, puberty, etc.
(wouldn't get them on my son's teeth, if I had a son!)
I think proper dental hygene prevents cavities, even with kids prone to getting them...I STILL have to check Hannah's teeth (she's 12) cuz she still sometimes skips brushing, or does a very mimimalist job! (Complaining that it takes too looooooooong!)
I think it's just one more thing they tell us won't hurt us, that adds up, & it's all cumulative, so maybe on it's own, it ain't so bad, but add it up to all the other things that we get exposed to on a regular basis, & I think it ain't worth the risk!
07-17-2008, 06:53 AM
Is fluoride bad for you?
07-17-2008, 08:23 AM
We had them put on my daughters molars (she's 9) we've had teeth issues w her since she was about 4...she has major overcrowding issues which we are working on w an arch expander, and she just had 8 baby teeth removed. We were told that when the teeth are so crammed togeather-it is next to impossible to prevent cavities....she's not had one since...
07-17-2008, 08:43 AM
Plastics are bad. Metal is bad. Why can't the people in the medical world think about our safety? That's asking too much I know.
I have sealants. Got them in the 80's. Dentist says they are still intact and good. I have never had a cavity.
I am concerned that the plastic could be leaching into my body. Or maybe it's just all plastic in general that is in our world. Our food is wrapped up in it. Especially organic...they always have to have special plastic wrapping. Anyways, I have hormonal problems. Which have gotten a bit better with raw..but I still have a ways to go with the cleansing.
I don't think I will get sealants for my child. But I need to do the research because if he gets a cavity..don't they put metal in there?
I hear ya about the flouride..I didn't think anything of it..until she was halfway through. I think she will think I am stupid for turning down flouride. But I will speak up next time because I have done more research.
Flouride contains carcinagens..how ever it's spelled.
07-17-2008, 09:28 AM
The sealants wear off in a couple of years. Meaning, you eventually will end up swallowing the microscopic bits that erode away, until they're gone. They are very small, though, and my guess is they're not enough to really do you any harm. The fumes, though, when they put them in....now that's another story. Those fumes are quite pungent, but at least it only lasts for a few minutes. Toxic? Sure. But so is walking down a city street. I have sealants in my teeth, and because I live in a city, I'd say the sealants being there are probably 0.0005% or something of the total amount of toxins I encounter every day just from living here. So for me removing them would make no difference. Your call, your kids.
07-17-2008, 05:07 PM
totally not worth it. i had it done (after much pestering from the dentist) and a year later, they were gone.
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