Dental sealants are an important tool in preventing cavities and maintaining good oral health in children. As a parent, you want to do everything you can to ensure your child’s teeth stay healthy and strong, and dental sealants can help you achieve that goal.
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are applied to the surfaces of the teeth. They are typically placed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars), where cavities are most likely to develop. The sealant material is painted onto the tooth surface and then hardened with a special light. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting the tooth enamel from plaque and bacteria that can cause decay.
Why are dental sealants important?
Children’s teeth are vulnerable to decay, particularly in the pits and fissures of the back teeth. Even with good oral hygiene practices, it can be difficult to clean these areas thoroughly, which makes them more susceptible to decay. Dental sealants help to fill in the pits and fissures, creating a smooth surface that is easier to clean and less likely to trap food and bacteria.
In addition to being an effective preventative measure, dental sealants are also a cost-effective way to protect your child’s teeth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dental sealants can reduce the risk of decay by up to 80% in the first two years of application, and up to 50% for up to four years. By preventing cavities, dental sealants can save you money on costly dental treatments like fillings and crowns.
When should dental sealants be applied?
Dental sealants are typically applied as soon as a child’s permanent molars and premolars erupt, usually around the ages of 6 and 12. The sooner the sealants are applied, the better, as it is easier to apply them to teeth that are free from decay. However, sealants can also be applied to teeth that have early signs of decay, as long as the decay has not progressed too far.
How are dental sealants applied?
The process of applying dental sealants is quick and painless. First, the teeth are cleaned and dried, and an acid solution is applied to the surfaces of the teeth to help the sealant material bond to the tooth enamel. The sealant material is then painted onto the tooth surface and hardened with a special light. The entire process usually takes less than 30 minutes per tooth.
Are dental sealants safe?
Yes, dental sealants are safe and have been used for decades to prevent cavities in children. The sealant material is BPA-free and does not pose any health risks when applied as directed. However, if your child has an allergy to any of the components of the sealant material, we may recommend an alternative preventative measure.
In conclusion, dental sealants are an effective and safe way to prevent cavities and maintain good oral health in children. By applying dental sealants to your child’s back teeth as soon as they erupt, you can help protect their teeth from decay and save money on costly dental treatments. If you have any questions about dental sealants or other preventative measures, don’t hesitate to call us at 631-563-7462 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.