Can Sealants Protect My Child's Teeth?
What Do I Need to Know about Dental Sealants? How sealants protect your child’s teeth.
Sometimes, it can be difficult for a parent to keep a child away from sugar. The stores are packed with sugary treats your child loves. So, you try to protect your child’s teeth by teaching good brushing and flossing habits. But that may not be enough. The deep grooves and crevices in the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth are very difficult to keep clean and are prone to decay. There is a treatment that can help. It’s called dental sealant and your caring dentist at Green Valley Dental Center in Henderson, Nevada is just the person who can help you and your child.
Why are Their Teeth at Risk?
The sugar that your child is eating or drinking combines with normal bacteria in your child’s mouth and produces a strong acid. In fact, the acid is strong enough to eat through tooth enamel, the hardest substance in the human body--even harder than bone! Once this acid has eaten through enamel, your child has a cavity. You can prevent cavities by sealing the grooves and crevices in your child’s teeth.
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealant material is liquid plastic that is flowed into the deep crevices and grooves on the chewing surface of your child’s teeth. The plastic is then hardened, or “cured,” using a special ultraviolet light. The procedure is a quick and totally painless way to shield your child’s teeth from acid and prevent decay.
When Should My Child Have the Procedure?
Current recommendations are for children to get sealants on their first permanent molars between the ages of 5 and 7. Second molars should be sealed between the ages of 11 and 14. Typically the chewing surfaces are sealed, but your Henderson dentist at Green Valley Dental Center may suggest sealing additional surfaces if there is deep anatomy.
Don’t wait to schedule sealants. The longer you wait to protect your child’s teeth, the greater the chance of dental decay. With every bite of sugary treat, your child is forming acid that destroys tooth enamel. You need to call the experts at Green Valley Dental Center in Henderson, Nevada. Give your child the best dental care available and call today!