If you are wondering whether or not to have dental sealant for kids placed on your children’s teeth, give us a call. We will be happy to conduct an examination and determine if this is the right solution for your children right away. A dental sealant is a plastic-like substance that is completely clear, does not smell and is unnoticeable once placed in the mouth. Most children will never realize that they have sealant on their teeth. It only takes a couple of minutes per tooth to apply, and it is easy to have this procedure in our dental office.
Why do children need dental sealant?
This is a common question that parents ask when we bring up the topic during an examination. Dental sealant for kids in a barrier that works to protect the chewing surfaces of the teeth. If a child has deep ridges it is likely that food will become stuck in between them and plaque and tartar will build up as well. Since a toothbrush cannot always remove food from these areas, it creates a hazard where a child is likely to develop tooth decay.
The best way to prevent the decay is to prevent food and plaque from becoming trapped in the first place. We prevent this by brushing sealant onto chewing surfaces of the tooth. After it has hardened, anything a child eats will touch the sealant and will not come in direct contact with the tooth. This is a very simple solution that is highly effective, given the secure nature of the barrier itself.
During annual or bi-annual exams, we will inspect the sealant to ensure that it is still intact and work appropriately. If it has worn down, it may be necessary to replace it but again, this is done quickly and easily without causing a child any discomfort.
Can all children get a dental sealant for kids?
This solution is not appropriate for everyone. A child needs to have deep ridges for a dental sealant to be beneficial or effective. If a child has relatively flat teeth, the sealant will have nothing to secure to and is likely to become loose or a portion of it may come off. In this case, it can create a situation where plaque can become trapped between the tooth and the sealant.
In our dental office, we only recommend this solution after conducting an examination and determining if the molars are going to be good candidates for sealant in the first place. Thus, we can be confident when we make our recommendation that this is a good solution for reducing decay.
When is a good time to get a dental sealant for kids?
This is an excellent solution for young children and can even be appropriate for toddlers. In fact, it is best to place the dental sealant before a child ever experiences decay. This is a preventative solution so the earlier, the better.
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