Dental Sealants Can Protect Small Smiles

dental sealantIt is important to provide the best possible care for your child’s teeth. This consists of bringing them to the dentist once every six months and encouraging good brushing and flossing habits. When you start a good oral healthcare routine for your little ones, you are giving them the proper tools to maintain a lifetime of excellent oral health. Dental sealants are another tool that can help ensure their teeth stay as healthy as possible. In today’s blog, your Lake Orion, MI dentist discusses what they are and how they can help protect your child’s smile.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are thin pieces of biocompatible film that go over your kid’s teeth — most often the molars. They are thin coatings made from BPA-free acrylic that is painted onto their teeth as a liquid gel. They add a layer of protection to their back teeth and they go on the molars because that is where most chewing is done. Moreover, it can be more difficult for children to brush back there before they have more experience brushing.

Once they have been applied, they serve as a barrier between teeth and food particles, which prevents bacteria from settling into their teeth. This ultimately lowers the risk of tooth decay. According to the American Dental Association, in fact, sealants can reduce the risk of decay by up to 80%. With this in mind, this preventative tool is an easy way to provide the utmost protection for small smiles.

An Easy Application

Once we decide that this is the best option for protection, we first clean their teeth thoroughly and then apply a slightly acidic gel, which alters the surface of your teeth. This helps the coating more effectively stick and remain in place. Next, your child’s dentist carefully removes the gel and places the sealant. Finally, they solidify it with a special light. Once in place, the sealants provide protection for between five and ten years. Typically, we recommend this procedure once your child’s second molars come in, as this provides maximum, efficient protection.

Start Preventative Care Early

In addition to the aforementioned procedure,  it is essential to encourage good preventative care habits in your child. Making sure they brush their teeth twice a day and floss every night helps plaque from building up and hardening, which minimizes the chances for cavities developing. Similarly, regular cleanings and checkups allow a dental professional to use specialized and effective tools to remove food particles and bacteria that brushing simply can’t reach. Additionally, checkups allow a dentist to make sure no serious issues are developing. We also recommend fluoride treatments to help strengthen enamel.

Schedule An Appointment To Learn More About Dental Sealants

If you have additional questions about this tool, fluoride treatments, or preventative care in general, please contact Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI by calling 248-693-6213