Sealing your child’s teeth at the dentist, is one of the best steps in preventing cavities early.
A dental sealant a thin coating made from special plastic that is applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the teeth in the back of the mouth. Your child’s back teeth are the ones that are most likely to show signs of decay, so it is important to take this extra step to help protect them. Sealant help keep food particles and germs from getting stuck in the grooves of these teeth, which can cause decay.
When your child’s permanent molars come in between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, is when sealants will be applied. Once those molars have erupted, it is a good idea to have Children’s Dental Village apply the sealant as soon as possible.
Applying sealants is often a fast and painless procedure. There is no drilling or removal of any part of the tooth structure during the process. First, the tooth is cleaned and dried, and then coated with a special gel. When the gel dries, the tooth is then brushed with sealant resin, which is then also allowed to dry. Sealants can be white, clear, or slightly tinted to match the color of the tooth, and are not typically noticed even when smiling.
Sealants can last for 5 to 10 years and should be checked by your Children’s Dental Village when you take your child in for regular visits. Using dental sealant for children, combined with good oral hygiene habits, healthy eating, and regular professional dental cleanings, is a great way to help keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong throughout their lives.
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