When To Receive a Glass Ionomer Treatment
While composite resins are commonly used for this treatment, your oral care provider might recommend a glass ionomer treatment instead. According to the FDA, glass ionomer cement contains a combination of organic materials and a glass filler that releases fluoride over time.
When it comes to the benefits or advantages of this type of sealant, The Journal of Functional Biometrics says that while both types of materials are effective, glass-ionomer can be more effective in preventing cavities. That’s because this material can easily absorb fluid while still attaching to the tooth’s enamel, which ultimately adds stability to the material. This also means that the procedure for receiving a glass ionomer treatment is different from plastic-based sealants. Because this type of material absorbs fluid, the tooth does not need to be dried. This material is also self-curing, so your oral care provider will not need to use a light to dry it.
As far as which treatment is right for you or your child, it all depends on the specific needs. It’s worth noting that while sealants are a practical preventative choice, they do not take the place of brushing and flossing: be sure to brush twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush, floss daily, and visit your dentist office for regular checkups.
Overall, it’s a great idea to chat with your dentist or hygienist as your child’s molars start growing to see if a dental sealant is a good idea in preventing future cavities. That way, they can grow up with healthier teeth and more confident smiles.