How Do Sealants Work?
can be an effective way to reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease in children. As kids grow, it’s important that they learn the proper way to clean their teeth with adult supervision. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control, tooth decay is still a common problem among American children.
Dental sealants coat the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars, making it harder to plaque to hide. At Children’s Dental Care, our Michigan pediatric dentists recommend sealants to help prevent cavities. Here are a few reasons why.
Benefits of Dental Sealants
Sealing Chewing Surfaces
No matter how much you try to reinforce healthy habits for your child, he or she may still be neglecting back teeth when they brush. Fortunately, our pediatric dentist can seal back teeth so they’re less likely to collect food particles and plaque.
We recommend watching your child to make sure they brush teeth long enough. Many children (and adults) are guilty of not brushing for at least 2 minutes. If your child has difficulty doing this, we recommend singing their favorite song so time seems to pass more quickly. This will also give your child a frame of reference for how long to brush teeth.
Reducing Plaque Buildup
The bacteria in dental plaque love to eat sugar and starch left behind on your child’s teeth. If left untreated, plaque produces acid that erodes tooth enamel and causes cavities. It may be difficult for your child to reach back teeth with their toothbrush, which is why we often recommend dental sealants. A covers the fissures and pits on the chewing surface where plaque likes to hide.
Recent studies suggest a link between genetics and oral health. This means there’s a chance you or the other parent could have passed down traits making your child more susceptible to cavities. For example, children with soft tooth enamel are more prone to getting cavities.
No one likes the sound of a dental drill, especially when it’s meant for them. If several family members have poor oral health, you may want to consider dental sealants to level the playing field for your child. A tooth sealant significantly reduces your child’s risk of getting a cavity by covering depressions and grooves where plaque likes to hide.
Protecting Tooth Enamel
Lost tooth enamel is gone for good. This is why it’s important to choose a pediatric dentist who understands the importance of preventive care. A tooth sealant is a thin plastic coating your child’s dentist paints onto teeth. This coating protects enamel from being eroded by acids inside the mouth.
Our Canton, Dearborn, and Livonia pediatric dentists recommend your child get dental sealants as soon as their premolars or permanent molars erupt. That way, they’ll be protected from cavities during the “danger zone” between ages 6 and 14.
Sealants can be an effective aspect of your child’s oral health. To schedule your child's appointment with one of our pediatric dentists, call Children's Dental Care in Canton, Dearborn, and Livonia. We look forward to hearing from you!