Dental sealants are a remarkable tool in preventing cavities and promoting good oral hygiene in children. Their ease of application, durability, and cost-effectiveness make them an invaluable part of pediatric dentistry. By considering dental sealants at Children's Dentistry of DuPont for your child, you are not only investing in their oral health but also in their overall well-being and comfort.
Dental Sealants for Children
Dental sealants refer to a protective, plastic coating applied to premolars and molars located at the backside of the mouth used for chewing food. The surface of these teeth are characterized by small fissures and grooves where food particles can easily accumulate leading to tooth decay.
The application of pediatric dental sealants is a straightforward and painless procedure that involves cleaning the teeth, applying an etching solution to create a rough surface, and then painting the sealant onto the tooth. A special curing light is used to harden the sealant, creating a strong protective barrier over the tooth's chewing surface.
Benefits of Dental Sealants for Kids
The process of applying dental sealants is quick, painless, and non-invasive. It does not require any drilling or removal of tooth structure, making it an ideal choice for children who might be anxious about dental procedures. Here are some benefits of dental sealant for kids.
Dental sealants act as a physical barrier, preventing food particles, plaque, and harmful bacteria from accumulating in the fissures and grooves of the molars and premolars. This, in turn, reduces the risk of cavities and decay.
Dental sealants are designed to withstand the wear and tear of chewing and daily oral activities. They can last for several years, providing long-lasting protection.
Preventing cavities through the application of dental sealants is far more cost-effective than treating cavities and undergoing restorative procedures. The dental procedure can save both money and potential discomfort down the road.
Improved Oral Hygiene
Sealants promote better oral hygiene by making it easier for children to clean their teeth effectively. With fewer deep grooves to navigate, brushing and flossing become more efficient.
When Should Pediatric Dental Sealants Be Applied?
The optimal time for applying dental sealants is as soon as the molars and premolars erupt, which is typically between the ages of six and 12. The earlier the sealants are applied, the better the protection they provide against potential cavities. In some cases, sealants can be applied to baby teeth if they have deep grooves that are at risk of decay.
Regular dental check-ups will help our dentist determine the best timing for sealant application. Even adults can benefit from this dental procedure, particularly if they have deep grooves on their teeth and are at a higher risk of developing cavities.
Dental Sealants at Childrens Dentistry of Dupont
If you want to give your child the gift of a cavity-free smile and reduce the chances of painful dental procedures, consult with Children's Dentistry of DuPont today. We are dedicated to providing top-quality dental care for your child, ensuring that they grow up with a healthy and radiant smile. Don't wait to protect your child's oral health; schedule a consultation with Tracy H. Takenaka, DDS, MSD now by calling (253) 244-9778. Your child's smile is worth it.