If your child asked you if they could go ride their bike outside, you would make sure they were wearing their helmets (safety gear). It is not because you think they will get into an accident or hurt themselves, but as a prevention from potential harm. It is always good to be prepared for everything. At Advanced Children’s Dentistry, we believe the best form of protection is prevention and we want more parents to consider getting dental sealants for their children. Sometimes no matter how well you brush and floss, you may still miss parts of your molar also known as back teeth. Your molar has uneven grooves and fissures where food particles and bacteria tend to get stuck in which can lead to cavities. Since these back teeth are also the main teeth involved in chewing, there’s a higher chance of food getting caught there. This is where dental sealants help tremendously.
What are dental sealants?
A dental sealant is a liquid resin brushed onto teeth that have grooved or pitted surfaces to help protect them from cavities. Most cavities found in children tend to be on their molar, so sealants are usually placed more on the molars than any other tooth. Think of sealants as a roof for your teeth. The food cannot get into these surfaces because the roof (sealants) is keeping the food out of the crevices.
At what age, should my child get dental sealants?
Dental sealants can be applied as soon as the first molar emerges, reducing the chances of your child developing a cavity. Children between the ages of 6 and 14 tend to be the most cavity prone. Protecting your child’s baby teeth is very important as well, for they carve the way for the adult teeth.
How are they applied?
Applying dental sealants is quick and painless. There is no need for drilling or local anesthesia, so your child will be able to eat right away after the appointment. The steps are the following:
- The teeth are cleaned and dried
- The teeth are treated with a special solution to prepare the teeth for the sealant bonds
- The teeth are rinsed and dried
- The sealant is applied over the grooves of the teeth and hardened with a special curing light
Are Sealants Affordable?
Sealants are extremely affordable and most dental insurances will cover the costs. However, you need to be informed on any restrictions your dental insurance company may have. Sealants can last for up to 10 years. Early prevention can save you a lot of time and money in the future.
It is important to keep in mind that even though dental sealants are helpful in cavity prevention, you still need to brush and floss to maintain healthy teeth and gums. It is also a good idea to reserve an appointment for your recommended dental checkups. At Advanced Children’s Dentistry, we want to make sure your children are given the opportunity to receive the best oral health care options there are available. We also want you to be knowledgeable of anything you can do to help your child’s oral hygiene. Call us today at 516-758-KIDS (5437) to schedule your child’s dental care appointment. Conveniently located at 200 Garden City Plaza, Suite 101, Garden City, NY 11530 (across the street from Roosevelt Field Mall)