How to Decide Whether Your Child Needs Teeth Sealants

Since the moment you became a parent, you made it your life’s mission to care for your child and keep them safe from anything that might harm them. This should include warding off the dangers that threaten your child’s dental hygiene. 

With tooth decay afflicting more children than asthma every year, it’s extremely important to ensure that your child is protected. 

At Dental Designs of Plantation, our pediatric dentistry experts Dr. Thomas Copulos and Dr. John Sarris specialize in making a trip to the dentist fun for your child while shielding their vulnerable teeth from decay with sealants

Your child’s teeth

You might be thinking, why do I have to take my child to the dentist and request various preventive measures if their teeth are just going to fall out eventually? While this topic has been debated, the CDC recommends that your child visits the dentist by their first birthday

Bringing your child into our office at an early age gives us a chance to make them comfortable with dentists, start training them on how to properly care for their teeth, and help them identify and address early warning signs of potential decay and cavities. 

Scheduling regular dental appointments and investing in protection methods like sealants set your child up for a lifetime of healthy teeth. Your child’s teeth are naturally weaker than the adult teeth they will eventually grow. This leaves them at a much greater risk for developing harmful problems in their teeth, even at a young age. 

That’s why sealants are so important to your child’s dental health. 

How can sealants protect my child’s teeth?

The decay-fighting power of sealants is right there in the name. Sealants effectively seal off your child’s teeth from plaque, bacteria, and other harmful substances that seek to destroy the enamel and other vital structures of your child’s teeth. 

Applying sealants to your child’s teeth is a simple and painless procedure that can be done during their regular check-ups and cleanings. We paint a resin-like material on the surface of your child’s teeth. 

The sealant is typically applied to the back molars, where most of the chewing is done, or in the deep pits and grooves where bacteria are most likely to hide. The material hardens quickly and creates a smooth layer of protection. 

Much like hiding vegetables in their dinners, your child won’t even notice the sealant is there preventing food and bacteria from getting stuck in the nooks and crannies of their teeth. 

How do I know if my child needs sealants? 

Sealants are a great option for almost every child. To decide whether sealants are right for your child, our dentists evaluate your child’s teeth and then discuss the best ways to protect them from decay and cavities. 

We typically recommend sealants as a preventive measure or if we find that your child is at risk for developing oral health issues. For example, if your child has teeth with deep grooves and ridges, they’re more likely to have food and bacteria caught in their teeth. 

Talk with us about what’s right for your child and give them a head start in their oral hygiene. 

Other dental hygiene tips

Sealants are a great way to support your child’s teeth, but the key to a healthy smile ultimately lies in maintaining excellent dental hygiene practices. Here are a few things we recommend:

You’re a parent, which means you’re ready for just about every disaster. Don’t let tooth decay slip past your defenses and harm your child. Instead, prepare them to fight against bacteria with sealants. 

If you’d like more information about our pediatric dentistry services or would like to schedule a cleaning, call our office in Plantation, Florida, or request an appointment online today.

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