Parents are always looking for ways to ensure their children have the best possible start in life. When it comes to dental health, one of the best things you can do is to educate your child on the importance of oral hygiene and help them to develop good habits from an early age. However, even with the best oral hygiene habits, there are some areas of the teeth that are difficult to clean and are more prone to decay. This is where sealants come in.
What are Sealants?
Dental sealants are one of the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay in children. A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars), where decay occurs most often. The sealant bonds into the pits and grooves of the teeth, creating a barrier that keeps out plaque and food particles. Sealants can last for several years, but they need to be checked for wear and chipping at regular dental visits.
How Sealants are Applied
Benefits of Sealants
Preventing Tooth Decay
- Encourage proper dental hygiene habits from an early age. This means teaching children how to brush and floss properly.
- Make sure children are getting enough fluoride. This can be done by using fluoridated toothpaste, getting fluoride treatment at our office, and/or drinking fluoridated water.
- Limit sugary snacks and drinks. This includes candy, cookies, cake, soda, and fruit juice.
- Encourage a healthy diet. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is best.
- Make sure children are seeing the dentist regularly. Children should see us every six months for a cleaning and examination. During this time, we will examine the teeth for signs of decay and determine if sealants need to be reapplied.