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Benefits of Dental Sealants For Children

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease afflicting American children.  Fortunately your Fairview dentist  recommends dental sealants for children at higher risk for cavities. 

Continue reading to learn how your child could benefit from dental sealants, and see how you can safeguard you and your family’s dental health at your local Fairview, TX dentist.

Why Is It Better to Get Dental Sealants for Your Child?

Even though we may teach our children good dental habits at an early age, children tend to have a higher risk of dental cavities than adults because of multiple of factors. They may get distracted while brushing, not brushing long enough, or not brushing certain spots like the rear teeth or hard to get areas.  

To prevent cavities from occurring, Dr. Feng’s Family Dentistry, we recommend sealants on the molars of your children. Sealants create a protective barrier over the grooves and pits of your child’s molars, which are more vulnerable to tooth decay, cavities, and plaque than other teeth.

How do sealants help?

Dental sealants are smooth coatings that can apply to your child’s teeth. Sealants help to prevent tooth decay by blocking areas where food and plaque can collect. They also add protection against tooth decay, and can protect teeth in highly exposed positions, such as the biting surfaces of molars.  Tooth decay happens when plaque (bacteria) builds up and feed on the sugar and starch left behind from the foods and drinks we eat.  When the bacteria feeds on this, it produces acids that erode the enamel which will eventually cause tooth decay and in extreme cases, gum disease. 

Dental sealing is a quick, easy, painless, and effective process that can be completed in one visit. It works by filling the grooves and pits on the back teeth where bacteria and food particles can collect.  Dental sealants are a great way to keep your child’s healthy and white by protecting the chewing surface of your teeth from tooth decay.  Besides sealants, It’s important to schedule your child’s routine teeth cleaning and oral examination every 6 months so your Fairview dentist can remove plaque buildup, and monitor your child’s oral health.

What are the benefits of dental sealants?

Dental sealants can help prevent dental cavities in susceptible teeth, but there are some other benefits of dental sealants as well.  Some of the benefits includes…

  • Cost effective and practical method of preventing cavities
  • Protects the teeth from decay
  • Promotes better oral health
  • Noninvasive
  • Safe treatment
  • Dental sealants can also help keep your tooth looking and functioning its best 
  • Sealants can reduce the risk of decay by 76% in permanent molars

How the treatment process works

When placing sealants, the teeth are cleaned and dried, an acid gel is applied, and the sealant is painted on to cover the chewing surface of the teeth and bonded to the tooth with UV light. The sealant protects the tooth from decay by providing a smooth surface that cannot easily be colonized by bacteria.

Can dental sealants cover a cavity?

Your Fairview dentist will need to do an examination but in general, if you have a tooth that is in the early stages of a cavity and the health of the tooth is overall good, we can use dental sealants to hold the cavity at bay. The dental sealant will be placed above the cavity and will harden over time to protect the tooth.

MAINTAINING Your Child's BEAUTIFUL HEALTHY SMILE

With the level of protection offered by sealants, they are worth the investment. With dental sealants for kids in Fairview, TX, we can help parents/guardians invest in their child’s future through long-lasting and effective protection. 

If you have questions about dental sealants for children and adults, please call our office (972) 468-1440 in Fairview, TX, and we’ll be happy to assist you.