Did you know that the number one chronic childhood disease in the United States is tooth decay?
Like the name suggests, sealants seal the surface of the tooth so food particles, plaque, and bacteria can’t hide in the grooves of back teeth (also called molars).
Tooth decay in children is common, which is why your child may benefit from tooth sealants done by our pediatric dentists at Children’s Dental Care.
Why Your Child Might Need Sealants
Molars are vulnerable to tooth decay because they are frequently used to grind food. Back teeth are also more difficult to reach with a toothbrush or floss. Since molars first come in around 5 to 7 years of age, we recommend having a tooth sealant placed when the molars first come in.
The permanent set of molars comes in between the ages of 11 and 14. Early protection of molars will prevent childhood cavities further down the road. Our dentists can help you determine if dental sealants are needed for your child.
Tooth Sealant Procedure
First, our dentist will clean the teeth that are to be sealed. An acid solution is then used on the chewing surfaces to roughen them up. Our dentist then paints the sealant directly onto your tooth where it bonds and hardens. With proper care, you can expect your tooth sealants to last up to 10 years.
You’ll need to schedule dental checkups every six months so our dentist can determine if the sealants need touching up.
Early protection of molars will prevent childhood cavities further down the road!
One of our pediatric dentist at Children’s Dental Care are dedicated to helping your child prevent cavities with tooth sealants and other preventative dentistry services. To schedule a dentist appointment for your child, call any of our offices in Canton, Dearborn, and Livonia.