Why Does My Child Need Dental Sealants?
Sealing your child’s teeth is an effective method to protect their young, growing smile from the damage of tooth decay. Cavities begin when bacteria and plaque accumulate, which often collects in the pits and grooves of the back molars. By applying dental sealants to these teeth, we are providing a layer of protection against cavity-causing substances. Our pediatric dentists are skilled and compassionate. They are here to advise parents on what to expect from dental sealants and why they are necessary.
Protect Your Child From Cavities With Teeth Sealants
Teeth sealants can provide significant benefits for your child’s dental health. Dental sealants are thin plastic material that is typically painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. A special curing light is used to harden the sealants for maximum protection. Once the sealants are applied, the treated teeth now have a barrier to “seal out” bacteria, food debris, and plaque from attacking the tooth surface.
The sealant procedure is quick, non-invasive, and does not cause discomfort for your child. Most teeth sealants last for several years before a reapplication is necessary.
Who Can Get Dental Sealants?
Children and teens alike can benefit from protective sealants, but the earlier your child receives them, the more effective they are. Your child’s first molars appear at around age 6, and the second molars erupt at around age 12. Sealing these teeth as soon as they erupt can help keep them cavity-free from an early age. This can help your child’s smile remain healthy and give them the best possible start on their road to lifelong oral wellness.
How Can I Help My Child Prevent Cavities?
While dental sealants are an excellent weapon against cavities, our dental team also takes opportunities to educate kids on other ways that they can keep their teeth healthy and strong. We discuss how cavities form and instruct kids on oral hygiene and eating habits so that they are better equipped to care for their smiles when they leave our office.
Does your child struggle with frequent cavities? To learn if your child could benefit from dental sealants, please contact Sweetpea Smiles today. We consider it a privilege to protect the growing smiles of Sugar Land.