A Guide to Dental Sealants for Children

April 13, 2018

Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in the United States. It’s easy to see, then, why we want to help you to avoid this. Tooth decay can be very problematic for children. The possibility of tooth loss and severe pain is very disconcerting. Thankfully, cavities are avoidable, but with even the best oral care routine, it can be difficult to keep your child’s mouth cavity-free.

Cavities form when leftover food particles, especially soft and sugary foods, get left behind in your child’s mouth for extended periods of time. Bacteria will find the food quite easily, and as it is usually left in a crevice of your child’s tooth, the bacteria can quickly form a colony that attacks the tooth enamel. In the beginning, this bacteria colony starts small, but if left untreated, it can eventually turn into a serious tooth cavity.

How Can a Dental Sealant Help?

Dental sealants are one way to prevent cavities in children. During a dental sealant procedure, your dentist will give your child’s teeth a thorough cleaning. Once the dentist is sure that the mouth is professionally clean, a thin dental sealant is painted on to the teeth to ensure that no bacteria can colonize the teeth, essentially protecting them for the lifespan of the sealant.

Here is a little more information about dental sealants that might interest you:

  • Dental sealants contain safe levels of BPA
  • Dental sealants are a covered benefit
  • Dental sealants are affordable
  • Dental sealants are thin

Dental sealants are not noticeable on the teeth whatsoever as they are extremely thin. They form a complete protective barrier against cavities, are affordable, and completely safe. Surely, there is no reason to avoid dental sealants!

If you have any more questions about the benefits of dental sealants for your children, feel free to give us a call or stop by the office today!

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