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Dental Sealants for Kids


Close up image of a baby girl with teeth Among the many dental problems that can occur, dental cavities are the most common. Dental cavities are common, especially in children. Most dental cavities aren't a cause for alarm and can be treated easily at Schnierow Dental Care. However, dental cavities can have a serious impact on your oral and overall health if left untreated.

How Do Cavities Form?


When plaque accumulates on the teeth and bacteria combine to produce acid, cavities start to form in the mouth. Plaque is a sticky deposit that is often white in color. In your mouth, plaque leads to the formation of bacteria and acid, and this acid can erode away the enamel, which shields your teeth from damage. Cavities develop as your enamel ages.

Sealants Can Prevent Cavities from Forming


Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, which include molars and premolars. These teeth often have deep grooves and fissures, making them prone to food debris and bacteria accumulation. Sealants act as a protective barrier, filling in these fissures and creating a smooth, easy-to-clean surface. They are typically clear or tooth-colored, ensuring they are virtually invisible and do not affect the appearance of the child's smile.

Dental sealants provide an extra layer of protection against tooth decay by sealing off the vulnerable areas where bacteria and food particles can become trapped. They significantly reduce the risk of cavities, especially in areas that are challenging to reach with regular brushing and flossing.

Dental sealants are quick and painless to apply to your child's teeth. A sealant material is simply painted on the enamel and cured with a special light. Dental sealants can last for several years and can be reapplied if necessary.

Empower Kids to Care About Their Teeth


Even with dental sealants, children still need to take care of their teeth. The best way to prepare your child for a lifetime of great, healthy smiles is by empowering them to care about their teeth.

Eating Right


Teaching your child healthy eating habits is one of the best things that any parent can do for their little one. In particular, drinks that are high in sugar and acid, like many juices, cause a significant portion of the cavities that we see. While a little sugar now and then is okay, we instead recommend snacking on fruits and vegetables with plenty of crunch. This helps build baby teeth up to be strong and sturdy.

Oral Hygiene is Key


Encouraging healthy brushing habits is critical to ensuring the health of your little one's teeth. This means brushing every single morning and evening, flossing once a day, and visiting the dentist every six months. By developing a routine and sticking to it, those habits will continue for the rest of your child's life. A solid routine can prevent most dental problems, from cavities to gum disease, and make sure they have great smiles that they can be proud of.

To set-up your consultation with one of our pediatric dentists, call (424) 383-5005 today.
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