The use of dental sealants has become more popular in the last few decades as an effective way to reduce the occurrence of childhood cavities. The best way to ensure that kids have a complete set of healthy teeth well into adulthood is to take preventive actions while they are still young. Dental sealants act as a protective barrier over the surface of the molars to prevent cavities.
The dentist will have a discussion about dental sealants with the parent, including whether or not the procedure will be beneficial for their kids. Healthy and strong teeth are desirable, and sealants offer a cost-effective and straightforward way to ensure that. Here are instances of when a child might require dental sealants:
The eruption of permanent teeth
Kids can get dental sealants on their molars and premolars early in life, just after their permanent teeth emerge. The first permanent molars come in between ages 5 to 7, and the second set erupts between ages 11 and 14. Sealants serve as early protection for the child’s teeth before natural wear sets in due to years of use. Applying dental sealants is easy and pain-free.
Deep pits and fissures
The back teeth have pits and fissures on their surfaces to grind and chew food properly for easy digestion. The pits and fissures tend to trap food debris and, in some children, they are deeper than usual and difficult to clean. This makes the teeth more vulnerable to decay. By applying dental sealants to the back teeth, the pits and fissures are smoothed out, making it hard for food debris to stick and cause cavities.
Prevent plaque accumulation
Routine brushing and flossing at home are sometimes not enough to clean the food particles that remain on the back teeth due to their location. Any food remnant is a chance for bacteria to form plaque between and on the child’s teeth. Plaque is a sticky film that forms regularly in the mouth and needs to be cleaned off. Dental sealants complement a child’s oral hygiene efforts by protecting the teeth’s surface and the material makes it easy to clean those teeth by simply using mouthwashes with antibacterial properties.
Guard against oral disease
Dental sealants also function as a barrier to shield the enamel from plaque and bacteria. The accumulation of plaque over the teeth does not just cause tooth decay. Still, it could also lead to gingivitis (early stage of gum disease), damages to the tooth enamel, and periodontitis (advanced gum disease). Although oral diseases are treatable, the effects cannot be reversed. Sealing the molars and premolars with dental sealants soon after an eruption can minimize cases of oral diseases.
Investment in good dental health
There is never a bad time to promote good dental care for children. Parents play their part by fortifying their child’s teeth before problems start. Aside from fluoride application, dental sealants are another cost-effective and worthy investment in excellent oral health.
Parents should never wait for problems to start before having the dentist check their children’s teeth. The dentist will determine if the child will benefit from getting dental sealants.
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