The concept of sealing the bite surfaces of teeth has been around in dentistry for about fifty years. The idea is to place a thin plastic coating in the deep grooves of the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This prevents food from lodging in the grooves and causing decay.
A new evidenced based study was just released by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) updating clinical guidelines for sealant use on children and adolescents. The study recommends placing sealants on permanent and primary (baby) molars. Tooth decay remains the most common chronic disease of children. 21 % of children aged 6-11 have tooth decay and 58 % of adolescents aged 12-19 suffer with tooth decay. The new study reveals sealants are more effective than other treatments in reducing and preventing childhood caries. Properly sealed teeth may be 80% less likely to become decayed.
So while this new study is not necessarily ground breaking new information it does reconfirm the long held belief that sealants help prevent or reduce the decay rate for many kids. Feel free to ask any member of our clinical team if sealant placement would be a good idea for your child.
Jeff Efird DDS
About Dr. Efird
Dr. Jeff Efird has practiced dentistry for over 20 years. His love and respect for the dental profession continues to grow as he sees patients positively affected by proper oral health and quality treatment under his care. Dr. Efird understands a relationship with a dentist is a lifelong endeavor and values the respect and trust his patients extend.
Dr. Efird began his training as an undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill. He attained a degree in chemistry before continuing his education and graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 1987.
Dedicated to expanding his own knowledge and that of his practice, Dr. Efird has completed over 1000 hours of continuing education since graduating from dental school. Over the last decade he has focused most of his education of advanced restorative techniques and implant restorative solutions. Much of the training has been associated with the renowned Spear Education center in Scottsdale.
A member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, North Carolina Dental Society, and Buncombe County Dental Society, Dr. Efird is committed to providing outstanding quality care to patients in Western North Carolina. He lives in Asheville with his wife and son, and loves to fish and build handcrafted boats.