Are Sealants Right For My Child?
By R. SCOTT LANGDON DDS
August 21, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: family dentistry   Sealants  

Do you want to know more about dental sealants? Do you want to know if they're a good option for your child's dental health? Well, look nochild sealant further. When it comes to your children's oral health, you can speak with your Mooresville, NC, dentist, Dr. Scott Langdon.

What are sealants?

Your teeth consist of grooves and pits where decay can grow and compromise the health of your teeth. Unfortunately, brushing and flossing doesn't always reach decay, which is why sealants were developed. Sealants were developed about 50 years ago and are used as a preventative measure for children.

A sealant is a thin coat applied to the surface of teeth, preferably the chewing surfaces. They prevent bacteria, as well as other debris, into the grooves and pits of your teeth.

How should you maintain your child's teeth?

If bacteria settles in, cavities can begin to eat away at your child's teeth. That's why it's important that you help your child maintain a consistent oral regiment of brushing and flossing, as well as visiting the dentist twice a year. Make sure your child drinks plenty of water to wash away food debris and avoid giving them too much sugary food. Supplement them with fruits and vegetables, and provide them fluoride-containing mouthwash and toothpaste.

Want to know more about the importance of sealants for your child?

Getting dental sealants is not difficult or painful.

  • Your Mooresville dentist will clean and dry your child's tooth
  • Then they apply an acid gel
  • Your child's tooth will become rougher on the chewing surface
  • Your doctor will then remove the gel, dry the tooth and apply sealant onto the grooves
  • The dentist will expose the sealant to a special dental light to harden the sealant

Sealants are beneficial to children and adults, and the sooner you get them the sooner your teeth will be protected. So when you visit your dentist, make sure you ask them about sealants.

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