Find out how sealants work to protect against cavities.
When it comes to your child’s health you want to do everything possible to make sure that they remain healthy. The same probably goes for their smile. Of course the minute their first tooth comes in you want to make sure you take the necessary steps to protect against decay. From the office of your North Vernon, IN pediatric dentist Dr. Scott Terry find out why getting dental sealants may be the best option for your little one.
Why should my child get sealants?
While brushing and flossing is a vital component to maintaining good oral health it doesn’t mean that it’s foolproof. It can be a challenge to get into all the crevices of those back teeth to remove plaque and food. This leaves the chewing surfaces of your molars prone to decay. That’s why it’s important to consider getting your child sealants from your North Vernon, IN children’s dentist to help seal out food, plaque and bacteria from causing cavities.
Who should get sealants?
Children and teenagers are great candidates for this treatment to prevent decay from forming in these little nooks and crannies of the molars and premolars. However, adults who are also at a higher risk of developing cavities can also benefit from getting sealants.
When should my child get sealants?
As soon as their premolars and molars come in it’s a good idea for them to come into our dental office for sealants. Between 6-14 years old are the most cavity-prone years and sealants can help protect your child’s smile and prevent cavities from forming.
How are sealants applied?
This is a quick and painless procedure and only takes a couple of minutes to complete. Your child’s teeth will be cleaned prior to applying their sealants.
Then an acid solution is temporarily applied to the chewing surfaces of their teeth to help the sealant bond easier. Then the solution is removed and the sealant is painted over the tooth. Sometimes a special light is used to speed up the process and to help the sealant harden.
Dental sealants are a great way to protect susceptible teeth from falling victim to cavities. If you want your child to get sealants then it’s time to call our North Vernon, IN dental office today to schedule their next appointment.