September 11, 2018

Promote a Cavity-Free Smile with a Dental Sealant

Filed under: Family Dentist — Tags: — allheart_dental @ 3:04 am

young girl at dentistAs a parent, the health and development of your child’s teeth is a top priority. To set the foundation for a lifelong commitment to their dental health, you encourage proper oral hygiene habits at home and take them to their dentist regularly. Despite your best efforts, there is still a danger lingering in their mouth—cavity-causing bacteria. Brushing, flossing, and routine appointments help prevent tooth decay, but it is not always enough. You should also give them the protection of a dental sealant.

Combating Childhood Tooth Decay

Although cavities are preventable, tooth decay remains one of the most common chronic conditions to affect children in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 20% of children under the age of 11 currently have at least one that is untreated.

Children are prone to cavities because they do not have the proper oral hygiene techniques mastered. Not to mention, they often view brushing and flossing as a chore, so they rush through it. This leaves many areas in their mouth unclean, especially the back molars.

To help safeguard their smile, dental sealants can be applied by their children’s dentist to cavity-prone areas.

Get the Protection of Dental Sealants

Dental sealants act as a protective barrier between bacteria and your child’s enamel. When used on school-aged children, research shows that they reduce cavities by as much as 80%. While they are beneficial, it is estimated that only 43% of children have them. Now, you can give your child an added layer of protection using a simple and pain-free preventive treatment.

Their teeth are cleaned and dried before an acidic gel is applied. This helps to roughen the surfaces to create a secure bond between the teeth and the sealants. The gel is rinsed off prior to applying the sealants to their teeth. A special blue light is used to quickly harden the material.

The sealants will blend in with their enamel while protecting their teeth. They tend to last for several years; however, it is not uncommon for them to become damaged or fall off over time. Your dentist will check them during each preventive appointment to see if they need to be reapplied. If they do, it only takes a few minutes to restore their benefits.

Promote a Cavity-Free Smile

As you lay the groundwork for your child’s commitment to their oral health during their lifetime, give them the power of dental sealants. Ask your dentist about them during their next cleaning and checkup.

About Allheart Dental Implants & Orthodontics

Allheart Dental Implants & Orthodontics is committed to building generations of healthy, beautiful smiles. We provide dental care for the entire family with a focus on prevention. We offer specialty services, like dental sealants, to promote the health of your family’s teeth. Contact our office today to learn more about their benefits.

 

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