Find out how dental sealants could protect your child from cavities.

One of the surefire ways to prevent cavities in your child is to make sure that they are brushing and flossing regularly. Of course, it can be sealantschallenging to reach those back teeth. As a result, molars are prone to developing cavities. One way to protect these back teeth is for our Portage, MI, children’s dentist, Dr. Keith Cohrs, to place dental sealants.

 

What is a dental sealant and how do they work?

Sealants are very thin, plastic coatings that are bonded to the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars to help keep food and bacteria from getting trapped in the crevices of these chewing surfaces. While proper brushing and flossing are still the hallmarks of maintaining good oral hygiene, sealants can also help stop early signs of decay from turning into a cavity.

Sealants are a great preventive measure to take to protect your child’s smile from cavities. In fact, the CDC reported that school-age children that didn’t have sealants had nearly three times more cavities than children with sealants.

Just as wearing a hat or using an umbrella helps protect you from getting wet when it rains, a sealant provides a protective barrier over the chewing surfaces of your child or teen’s back teeth so that acid cannot create holes in the enamel.

 

When should a child get sealants?

You will want to wait until your child’s first set of molars comes in. This is typically around the age of 6. When you bring your child in for their six-month checkups, our Portage, MI, children’s dentist will be able to monitor the development of the molars to determine the best time to place sealants.

Your child’s second set of molars won’t actually erupt until your child is 12 years old. During this time, they can come back into our office to have sealants placed on these new back teeth.

 

How are sealants placed?

This process is extremely easy, painless, and fast. In fact, there is usually no need to schedule a separate appointment. Our Portage, MI, children’s dentist can often place sealants during your child’s next dental cleaning. After their teeth have been cleaned, we will apply a gel over the tooth, which will roughen the chewing surface so that the sealant bonds to the tooth. The gel is washed off and then the sealant is painted onto the tooth.

Once the plastic coating has been painted on, we will use a special UV light to harden the sealant into place. With the proper care, sealants can last several years before needing to be replaced. This entails making sure that you bring your child in for regular dental visits so we can check the condition of their sealants.

 

Interested? Give us a call!

If you think that your child could benefit from getting dental sealants, then call our Portage, MI, office today at (269) 382-3125. We will be happy to place dental sealants during your child’s next cleaning!

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