Tiny mouths require lots of effort to stay happy and healthy. We hope your child follows good oral habits, like brushing twice daily for 2 minutes each time and flossing every day.
When your kid turns six, the time comes when they'll start getting their first molars. Kids do not have the same abilities as adults while using a toothbrush, making it challenging to reach every corner and crevice of their new teeth. This is why dental sealants are essential. They aid in protecting your child's new teeth.
What is a Dental Sealant?
Dental sealants are a protective, thin layer that dentists apply on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. The primary reason to have sealants is to prevent tooth decay. They serve as a safety shield to keep cavity-causing bacteria out to reach within the mouth. Sealants placed on the teeth before their decay reduce cost in the long term by avoiding crowns or fillings to repair damaged teeth.
Who Should Receive Sealants?
Anyone can receive sealants. However, they are most beneficial for kids to protect the first and second molars before decay affects the teeth. The act of sealing teeth when they begin to erupt could go a long way to protect them for many years to come. Other teeth that have grooves or pits may require sealing. Teenagers and young adults that are susceptible to decay might need sealants.
Sealants are Pain-free!
Dental sealants are a straightforward procedure and not something to be worried about. The application of sealants is pretty easy. No numbing is required since sealants are placed on the tooth's surface.
The first step is to ensure that the sealed tooth is thoroughly cleaned and dried. An etching solution is applied to make the sealant's liquid adhere to the tooth. The tooth is dried once more before the sealant can be applied in liquid form. Then using a curing light, the sealant is hardened.
The majority of sealants last for a few years, which is enough time for your child to develop the habit of good oral hygiene. However, they must be checked regularly during dental visits to ensure they are not chipped or worn out. Dental hygiene professionals or dentists may repair sealants by adding additional sealant material.
Please reach out to Persimmon Dental Care in Dublin, CA, to have a consultation with our dentists. Please call us at (925) 999-8282 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.