Does the health of your children’s teeth worry you? Is your child prone to cavities? There are a number of reasons not just a lack of brushing and flossing that some children get cavities. If your child has deep grooves in their molars, brushing and flossing simply may not be enough to keep cavities away. Don’t despair, there is good news for cavity prone teeth. A good solution to help ward off decay for cavity prone children is dental sealants. Dental sealants can protect the chewing surface of molars and back teeth in children and teenagers, helping to preserve and protect permanent teeth from tooth decay and cavities.
The teeth that benefit the most from dental sealants are permanent rear molars. When your child is young, talk to your dentist about dental sealants and ask if they are a good option to help preserve your child’s permanent teeth. They are virtually painless and easy for your dentist to apply, and trust me, they are way better than having to get a filling to fix a cavity. The great thing about dental sealants is that there is no damage to your permanent tooth; no tooth structure has to be removed to apply dental sealants. Properly applied sealants can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years. It’s important for your dentist to check the sealants at every checkup to make sure the sealants are still properly attached.
Dental sealants are simply thin plastic coatings that are applied to the side and surface the rear teeth. This coating acts as a protective cover which seals the grooves and cracks of the tooth surface. Dental sealants keep germs and food particles from settling in the grooves on top teeth. When bacteria settles and gets trapped that’s where problems begin. It’s a common fact that deep grooves in rear molars are difficult to clean, especially for children. Dental sealants give teeth with deep groves added protection for long term health. Ask your dentist about dental sealants, it could help save your teeth from harmful decay!