The Importance Of Children’s Dentistry

Brushing and flossing your child’s teeth every day is the best way to prevent cavities and instill oral hygiene habits that will last into adulthood. On the other hand, dental sealants are a preventative measure that dentists use to help prevent tooth decay. This blog post will help you determine if dental sealants are the right treatment for your child. 

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth. Dental sealants can help prevent cavities from forming, but they are not replacements for daily brushing and flossing.

How do dental sealants work?

Dental sealants do exactly what their name suggests: they seal and protect teeth. Premolars and molars have grooved and pitted areas that dentists place them over. The grooves in these teeth can be as narrow as a single toothbrush bristle, making cleaning them difficult, especially for children. Furthermore, plaque forms on the surface of the teeth without regular, thorough brushing, and over time, it creates a small hole known as a cavity. Dental sealants provide an extra layer of protection over these difficult-to-brush areas by creating a smooth surface that keeps food out and prevents cavities in your child’s teeth.

How long do dental sealants last?

Dental sealants can help protect teeth from decay for up to ten years. On the other hand, your Edmonton children’s dentistry will keep an eye on them and advise you if they need to be reapplied sooner or later. 

Dental sealants are recommended for children between the ages of six and fourteen. The first molars appear around the age of six, and your second molars appear around the age of twelve. To protect these teeth from decay, most dentists recommend sealing them as soon as they emerge. In some cases, especially if the teeth have deep grooves or pitted areas, your dentist in Edmonton may recommend applying dental sealants to baby teeth.

Are dental sealants applicable to adults? 

Adults are eligible for dental sealants. Although they are commonly given to children, they can also help adults who are at risk for cavities or who do not have dental sealants or fillings.

Do you need dental sealants for your child?

Dental sealants, as aforementioned, protect teeth from decay. Dental sealants prevent 80 percent of molar cavities. Early cavity prevention can reduce the need for future (and often costly) dental procedures such as fillings and crowns.

If you or your child has any allergies or other concerns about the procedure, you should talk to your Edmonton dentist. Your dentist will be able to answer any questions you may have and explain whether dental sealants are a good option for you.

What other ways to prevent cavities?

Remember that dental sealants are not a substitute for proper oral hygiene. Here are some additional ways to help children avoid cavities:

  • Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day.
  • Every day, floss between your teeth.
  • Encourage kids to eat healthier snacks instead of sugary treats.
  • Visit a dentist regularly. 

Protect your child from cavities with the help of dental sealants at My Family Dental! Call us at (780) 937 3737 to book your child’s appointment!


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