How Sealants Can Help Your Children Maintain a Cavity-Free Smile
According to the American Dental Association, dental sealants play a key role in preventing tooth decay. This is a great way to give your child a head start on maintaining a healthy smile for many years to come. What is a sealant? When should your child have his or her teeth sealed? Let’s take a closer look at this beneficial procedure.
What Sealing Teeth Involves
The dental sealant acts a protective barrier that keeps bacteria and plaque away from tooth enamel. The sealant is applied to the chewing surface of the teeth to thinly cover over the pits and fissures of the teeth. As a result, food and plaque do not build up and destroy the enamel in these areas that commonly see decay.
When Should Teeth Sealing Be Done?
To ensure cavities do not begin to form, it is important to have permanent teeth sealed as soon as they begin to erupt. For most children, the first permanent teeth will start to come in around age 6. Sometimes sealants may be recommended on baby teeth that appear to be at high risk for tooth decay.
Is Sealing a Replacement for Dental Care?
No. Sealing only protects the grooves in the chewing surface. Normal brushing and flossing must be maintained to keep teeth and gums healthy and to ensure that the sealant material is properly cared for. The dentist will check the sealant along with the rest of your child’s teeth at regular checkups twice per year.
To learn more about the importance of dental sealants, contact BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry at (619) 741-1500. This is one of the many ways that we focus on prevention so that your son or daughter can remain cavity-free and healthy.