Dental Sealants for Kids
Do you know how & why dental sealants protect your child’s smile?
Setting the example of maintaining a diligent daily dental hygiene - by brushing for two minutes, two times a day, along with daily flossing - may not be enough to ward off the cavity creeps, for you or your kids.
Especially for kids slugging down a consistent slurry of sugary energy or sports drinks.
The aim of Children’s Dental Health Month is to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.
As every parent knows, a combination of daily brushing & flossing, along with regular dental checkups are necessary to keep your child’s smile healthy.
Regular dental visits and optimal dental hygiene also saves you money.
By addressing developing or small problems with your child’s teeth & gums, your dentist can treat the issues sooner while you incur less of an expense.
One of the other ways you can take extra preventative care for you kids, is with dental sealants.
So what are dental sealants, and how do they work to protect your child’s smile?
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants a tooth-colored acrylic coating - a sealant - which your dentist applies to the surface of children’s teeth.
The sealant forms a protective barrier which helps keep out food particles and prevents bacteria and acid of plaque from adhering to children’s teeth.
Dental sealants protect the nooks of children’s teeth, and often their back teeth, that brushing and flossing sometimes don’t reach - which are often the teeth most susceptible to decay.
Do Dental Sealants Hurt?
A lot of times kids experience some anxiety when going to any dentist appointment, but dental sealants are quick & painless.
This simple procedure essentially seals the uneven surfaces of teeth, which acts as a plaque protecting barrier against the sticky acids & bacteria that can later turn into cavities & gum disease.
Why Do Kids Get Dental Sealants?
Daily brushing & flossing is the first step in protecting your child’s teeth, but what can lead to cavities is when kids aren’t so dedicated to the brushing & flossing.
The American Dental Association recommends sealants as soon as the first adult molars come in around age 6 or 7.
Dental sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay, in particular on the actual biting surfaces of kids teeth.
Dental Sealants Protect Against Kids Tooth Decay
Childhood tooth decay is 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever.
Kids tooth decay affects more than one-fourth of U.S. children aged 2–5 years and half of those aged 12–15 years.
Having dental sealants applied on kids teeth is another step in protecting their smile.
Sealants act as a physical barrier against the proliferation of the bacteria which cause plaque.
Dental Sealants Are An Investment In Your Child’s Smile
Dental sealants protect kids teeth, but adults can also benefit.
Dental sealants are durable, able to withstand the wear & tear of chewing for several years. Your dentist can best determine if or when reapplication is needed.
This protection, along with daily dental hygiene and regular dental visits, establishes a foundation of preventative dental health for children and adults.
By having dental sealants applied, your children’s teeth will enjoy the long-term protection against a cavity creep invasion.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” - Ben Franklin
The preceding was a guest post by Kansas City, MO. dentist, Dr. Michael Meilink of Dental Smilemakers. Dr. Michael Meilink utilizes state-of-the art technology during his contemporary dental services. Dr. Michael Meilink welcomes and treats patients from Kansas City, Gladstone, Smithville, Tiffany Springs, Parkville, Liberty and the surrounding Northland communities.