Could Dental Sealants Improve My Child’s Oral Health?

June 20, 2017

Are you looking for other ways to safeguard your child’s smile from decay?dental sealants

With the amount of sugar that sneaks into our diets, it’s not too surprising that our Woodstock, Kennesaw and Marietta, GA, dentists see a lot of children dealing with cavities. Perhaps kids aren’t brushing as well as they should or they are choosing foods and drinks that damage teeth and gums rather than promote a healthy smile. If you are concerned that your child may be at risk for cavities, find out how dental sealants could help.

What are dental sealants?

While nothing will take the place of proper brushing and flossing, there is another safeguard that you can take to protect your child’s smile from decay. Dental sealants, which are made from tooth-colored plastic, are bonded to the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars to reduce your child’s risk of cavities.

How do dental sealants work?

While all teeth are prone to decay if they aren’t properly cared for, back teeth tend to be most at risk for decay. Why? All you have to do is open your mouth and take a look at the chewing surfaces of those teeth. Do you notice a lot of crevices and grooves in those teeth? These areas can easily trap food and bacteria, which can be challenging for your children to thoroughly remove through brushing. By sealing these grooves with dental sealants, we can prevent bacteria from getting stuck in these hard-to-clean regions.

How are sealants placed?

Most parents think about their children getting dental procedures and they worry that it will lead to anxiety or even a tantrum, but you’ll be happy to hear that getting sealants is completely painless. After our Woodstock, Kennesaw and Marietta family dentist cleans your child’s teeth we will then apply a gel over the teeth that will etch the surface of the tooth to make the sealant stick better. Then we will paint the plastic over the surfaces of your child’s back teeth. Once we have applied the sealant, we will harden the sealant with a special light.

Do you have questions about dental sealants? Do you want to find out how your child can get them? If so, call 1st Choice Dental Care in Woodstock, Kennesaw and Marietta, GA, today to learn more.