Protecting your child’s teeth from cavities and severe decay should be a top priority for oral health. One of the best ways to do this is by applying a dental sealant during their routine or preventive appointment. Sealants provide a barrier between bacteria, food debris, and germs that can destroy enamel and cause tooth decay. Our team at Idaho Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics makes the sealant process simple and quick!
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants may sound like just an extra step during the cleaning process, but dental sealants are actually an excellent and easy preventive measure you can take to help protect your child’s teeth. Sealants are made of clear or tooth-colored resin material. This resin material is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth, where it forms a smooth coating over the tooth, including the natural pits and grooves of the tooth surface. This helps shield the tooth from decay-causing bacteria, plaque, and food debris to keep it strong and healthy. Dental sealants make it easier for your child to clean their teeth with regular brushing and flossing.
When Can My Child Get Dental Sealants?
Our team recommends getting dental sealants for your child when their permanent molars come in (usually sometime between ages 8 and 12). Because of how thin the resin material is that coats the tooth, your child may need to have dental sealants applied several times. We may also recommend additional appointments for sealants if your child is at risk of developing cavities or if the dentist sees issues with their oral growth and development. Fortunately, even though they can be applied several times, sealants last for several years after they are applied, providing long-term protection as your child grows and develops. Sealants are beneficial if your child is prone to developing cavities. Sealants can be applied in just a few minutes during your child’s regular dental visits.
Learn More About Dental Sealants in Idaho
There are many tools we use to provide protection for your child’s teeth, and we welcome the opportunity to provide additional dental resources to parents to use at home. To learn more about these tools and dental sealants, please schedule an appointment with our professional, friendly dentists. We look forward to helping you care for your child’s smile!