The importance of sealants for children

Portrait of a happy laughing child girlWhile we as parents can educate our children on how to properly care for their teeth and gums with brushing and flossing, younger children may not be able to ensure they brush and floss as thoroughly as required to maintain oral health. With this in mind, it is important that patients consider speaking to their child’s dentist about the possibility of placing dental sealants. At Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry in Mesa, AZ, we often recommend to patients to consider the benefits of applying sealants to their children’s teeth as an extra layer of protection against decay.

What are dental sealants?

Basic home health habits such as brushing and flossing are the best defense against cavities, but some individuals need a little bit more help-especially if they are unable to properly and thoroughly brush as they need this. This is often true in younger children. By placing dental sealants, deep crevices may be made smoother, ensuring easier brushing and flossing. It has been determined that by placing dental sealants, patients are reducing their risk of experiencing dental decay by approximately 80%. The sealants seals the grooves and pits commonly found in the teeth near the back of the mouth, including the molars, to smooth and make it easier to get everything clean!

How do I care for my sealants?

Sealants don’t require any special care or attention. Patients with sealants are advised to continue brushing and flossing normally to reduce the risk of cavities. Patients may need sealants reapplied depending on how long they last on the natural tooth surfaces. With routine dental visits at Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry, patients can have their sealants monitored in the event they need to be replaced.

How do I learn more about dental sealants?

Both adults and children may benefit from dental sealants to protect the smile from developing cavities whenever possible. This is especially true for teeth that might have deep pits and crevices. At Drs of Smiles Gentle Family Dentistry in Mesa, AZ, we encourage patients to book an appointment by calling (480) 834-6991 and visiting the office at 1056 South Val Vista Drive, Suite #1.

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