To protect your child’s teeth from cavities, we recommend the application of dental sealants. Dental sealants for kids are covered by many dental insurance policies, because they prevent tooth decay and cavities, which can lead to bigger problems down the line.
Dental sealants are coats of resin that are painted on your child’s back teeth. Sealants smooth out the chewing surfaces, sealing out cavity-causing bacteria and food. Of course, your child still needs to brush their teeth at least twice a day and continue to floss as part of good oral hygiene.
Getting a dental sealant or sealants is relatively simple, and application takes just a few minutes per tooth. The procedure is usually done at the end of a regularly scheduled appointment for teeth cleaning. The application of dental sealants is painless, and can be applied by either the dentist or the dental hygienist.
Dental sealants for kids are not meant to replace fluoride, but rather, sealants are meant to work with fluoride. Fluoride protects the smooth surfaces of teeth from decay, while sealants protect the chewing surfaces. Many dental insurance policies cover the application of sealants when applied to first molars at a young age, and then second molars as a young teen.
For all of your child’s dental care needs, contact our office. We care for your children as if they were our own. We enjoy helping children learn about dental care, and teaching them how to care for their smiles.