Does My Child Need Dental Sealants?

When it comes to children’s oral health, parents want to make sure that they give their little one's a good start. They can do it by cleaning their kid's teeth from day one with a clean cloth, taking them to the dentist when the first tooth erupts, and teaching them about the importance of good oral hygiene. 

But what if you notice that your little one's teeth have white spots on them and are prone to decay? Is there anything you can do to protect their oral health? 

Dental sealants might be the answer in this case. 

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants work as prevention against cavity formation. Of course, that does not mean that you no longer need to brush your child's teeth. Instead, dental sealants are like an extra layer of protection for your child's teeth. 

Dental sealants are a type of medical-grade resin that is applied to the surface of the teeth. They seal and protect the teeth against plaque that builds on the surface of the teeth and usually leads to cavities. 

Dental sealants are transparent, which allows the dentist to check and monitor the teeth even though they are covered by the resin. 

How Long Do Sealants Last?

Dental sealants can last for an average of 10 years. During this time, the dentist will evaluate and see if they need to replay the resin. 

When Should My Child Get Dental Sealants?

Most dentists recommend sealants as soon as the first permanent molars erupt, usually between the ages of 6 and 14. The sealant will protect the teeth against decay. Sealants are also recommended when the teeth have deep grooves that make them more sensitive to developing tooth decay. If that is the case, children that still have their baby teeth might also get dental sealants. 

In fact, there are times when even adults are recommended to get sealants if they are at risk of developing cavities. 

How Are Dental Sealants Applied?

The sealants are made out of an acrylic gel that is applied on the surface of each tooth. First, the tooth is cleaned and dried. Lastly, the dentist will apply a liquid sealant which is hardened by using a blue light. 

This is an easy, fast process and non-invasive procedure, and your child won't feel anything during the treatment. 

Do You Think Your Child Needs Dental Sealants? 

Is your child prone to developing cavities and are you looking for a way to better protect their teeth? 

Then, you should take your child to The Little Royals: Dentistry for Kids and we can help you find the best ways to care for your little one's teeth. 

Our kind and compassionate doctors offer quality treatment in a safe and friendly environment. 

You can contact us and schedule an appointment with one of our doctors today.

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