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What Can Dental Sealants Do for the Health of Your Child's Smile?

Last updated 5 years ago

It’s hard to brush in every groove and crevice of your teeth. For children, this task is even more challenging. That’s why pediatric dentists recommend dental sealants for children’s teeth. This simple procedure can be done quickly by your children’s dentist and can help prevent cavities effectively for many years.

What Are Dental Sealants?

A dental sealant is a thin coating of plastic that covers the teeth. This layer is invisible and you can’t feel it, so you can eat and drink as if it’s not even there. However, it works to fill in the cracks and crevices in the teeth that brushes have a hard time reaching. By filling in these areas with dental sealants, you prevent dangerous plaque and bacteria from taking up residence in those hard-to-reach spots.

Why Get Dental Sealants?

Cavities are common in children, and plaque and bacteria growing in small areas in the molars cause an enormous number of cavities. By sealing off these areas of the teeth when children are young, the plaque never has a chance to grow in these spots. Cavities are painful and expensive to get filled, so dental sealants both improve your child’s oral health and save you money in the long run.

The Procedure

Your pediatric dentist can apply dental sealants in just a few minutes. The material used to seal the teeth is painted directly onto the tooth’s surface, which must be completely dry. It automatically fills in the cracks and crevices that are most susceptible to plaque and cavities. Once painted on, it hardens quickly. Sealants last for several years, so they should only have to be applied once to children’s teeth. Many parents choose to have their child’s adult teeth sealed with dental sealants during teenage years.

If your child doesn’t yet have dental sealants, talk to your Long Island pediatric dentist about the procedure today. At Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry, we offer the latest technology and best procedures available in children’s dentistry. By offering a comfortable, fun, friendly, and professional atmosphere, we are truly setting the standard in pediatric dentistry. Call (516) 798-1111 to schedule an appointment.

 

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