How Sealants Can Protect Your Child’s Teeth

May 29, 2019

Sealants from your dentists in Florissant, MO, can keep your child’s smile healthy

Children eat and drink all kinds of sugary things like candy and sodas. A diet high in sugar makes your child much more Girls Smilingprone to tooth decay. You can teach your child to brush and floss regularly, but is it enough? Maybe not.

The good news is there is a dental treatment that can shield your child’s teeth from the sugary acid that can eat away tooth structure. The answer is dental sealants! The dentists at Boain Dental Care in Florissant, MO, offer a full range of adult and pediatric dental services, including dental sealants to keep your child’s smile healthy.

Brushing and flossing do a great job of removing plaque, but the deep grooves and crevices in your child’s teeth often can’t be reached with brushing and flossing. Sealants cover the deep grooves and crevices, making your child’s teeth resistant to decay.

Sealant treatment is a popular treatment because it is:

  • Painless, requiring no anesthetic or removal of tooth structure
  • Cost-effective, costing far less than conventional fillings and other restorative treatments
  • Quick and easy, because treatment takes only a few minutes, and multiple teeth are done in the same appointment

Sealant treatment begins with the application of an etching material to the deep grooves and crevices. This material helps the sealant adhere to the tooth surface. The sealant material is applied as a liquid resin, which is spread into the grooves and crevices. The sealant material is then hardened with an ultraviolet light. The result is a hard, invisible coating on the deep grooves and crevices.

Sealants should be applied to the first permanent molars between the ages of 5 and 7, and the second permanent molars between the ages of 11 and 14. The early placement of sealants can help ensure a healthy, decay-free smile for your child. To find out more about sealants and what they can do for your child’s smile, call the dentists at Boain Dental Care in Florissant, MO, today!