Does My Child’s Smile Need Dental Sealants?

November 17, 2017

Just like with adult smiles, prevention is the most important part of protecting children’s smiles. Most major problems that arise in oral health can be prevented by maintaining good oral hygiene, making mindful eating choices, and regularly visiting your dentist. For children, good oral hygiene and mindful eating choices may come more difficult for them. They may not have the motor skills to effectively floss and brush yet. Kids tend to have more of a sweet tooth because they are growing. Because of these factors, sometimes it is necessary to add some extra protection to your child’s smile. Dental sealants can add a literal extra layer of protection to your child’s teeth.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are thin layers of biocompatible acrylic that are applied directly to the outer layer, the enamel, of the teeth. The dental sealants act like a barrier to prevent food particles and oral bacteria from reaching the enamel. The sealants are painted onto the teeth, which means they seal up the nooks, crannies, and crevices that the curves of the teeth may create. The sealants prevent food and bacteria from getting trapped in these crevices and creating decay-causing acid.

Extra Protection From Cavities

We do our best to instill good habits into our children. But even with the best of kids, there is a chance that they sneak a piece of candy before going to bed. Maybe they didn’t brush all the way to the back of their mouth. These kind of actions can lead to cavities. Some children may have a genetic predisposition to cavities. Dental sealants are not a replacement for healthy eating and good oral hygiene. But sealants can give you the peace of mind that your little one’s smile has an extra layer of defense against tooth decay.

Ask Your Dentist if Dental Sealants Are Right for Your Child’s Smile

Dental sealants can offer extra protection against tooth decay and cavities. To schedule a consultation for your child or children, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.