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How Can Sealants Benefit My Kids?

How Can Sealants Benefit My Kids?

Brushing and flossing at least twice a day can help children prevent cavities; however, not every nook and cranny is thoroughly cleaned—especially the molars. These back teeth are rough and uneven, making the crevices and gaps a favorite palace for food particles and bacteria.

Fortunately, the sealant acts as an additional safety net for great oral health. A sealant is a thin, protective coating—created from dental materials such as plastic) that sticks to the molars’ chewing surface and can be used by both children and adults.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sealants reduce the risk of decay in molars by almost 80 percent for two years after they are applied. When school-age children don’t have sealants, they are three times more likely to develop cavities compared to kids with sealants.

Children’s first molars appear when they are six years of age, while the second set develops around age 12. If you seal these teeth once they start showing, not only can you prevent cavities from the beginning but also save money and time in the future.

The following is the quick and painless process of sealants:

  1. The tooth is cleaned and dried
  2. Placement of an acidic gel that helps the tooth form a strong bond with the sealant
  3. After several seconds, the gel is rinsed off and dried once again
  4. The sealant is applied to the grooves of the tooth
  5. A special blue light is used to harden the sealant

For children who already have cavities, sealants can be used to prevent further decay. There are no known side effects from sealants except for having an allergic reaction to the substance.

If you are interested in having your child use sealants, contact Dr. Lee at Little Smiles of Levittown today at (516) 217-8910 and schedule an appointment.