While we can use fillings to treat decay in children, we would much rather help them avoid the problem altogether. One option for safeguarding little smiles against cavities is a dental sealant. We can use a dental sealant to help prevent decay from forming in your child’s smile.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Sealants
Question: How does the dentist apply them?
Answer: The dentist will first examine the child to make sure sealants are the best option. Next, the dentist will thoroughly clean the area and remove any food caught between the teeth. Finally, the sealants will be applied to the back teeth. The entire procedure only takes a few minutes to complete.
Question: How do sealants prevent cavities?
Answer: The plastic coating prevents food from adhering to the teeth or becoming stuck between them. As a result, the risk of tooth decay forming drops. For young children, reaching the back teeth when brushing and flossing can be difficult, making the chances of decay more likely. This plastic coating helps safeguard the more vulnerable teeth.
Question: Do they need to be removed later?
Answer: Not at all! They will simply wear away with time. If need be, the dentist can replace it with another layer. Otherwise, there is no need to remove them.
Question: What else can I do safeguard my child’s smile?
Answer: You can help monitor their brushing and flossing to ensure your kids are cleaning their teeth correctly. We also suggest cutting back on foods and drinks high in sugar, as these can promote tooth decay. Finally, be sure your children are visiting us for routine checkups and cleanings, as these can combat decay and allow us to catch any problems in the early stages, often before your little ones report any discomfort. If you have any questions about dental sealants, then please contact our team today!
Do You Have Questions About Children’s Dental Care?
If you need to schedule a checkup or cleaning, or if your child requires treatment, then please contact our team today. To schedule an appointment, call Viva Dental Family Dentistry at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).