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Why Your Child's Teeth Need Sealants

Posted on 4/20/2017 by Cynthia Pelley
A young boy happy with his dental sealants.
Kids' teeth erupt starting around six months of age, for most kids. Those teeth, commonly called baby teeth, are smaller than their adult teeth and have a thinner layer of enamel than the adult teeth do.

This makes them more susceptible to decay than adult teeth. This is a great reason to make sure that your child's teeth get sealants, as they help your child avoid tooth decay and the fillings that would be required to correct it.

What Sealants Do for Your Child's Teeth

Your child's teeth erupt with lots of bumps and ridges all over them. This is partly due to how the tooth is naturally shaped, but it is also partly due to how teeth are designed so they can break through the surface of the gums.

These ridges are easy for small bits of debris to get trapped in, making them an easy target for childhood cavities. When you get these teeth sealed, you can significantly slow, or even stop, your child's teeth from suffering from cavities.

When you bring your child in to the dentist, they will clean your child's teeth really well. Following that cleaning, they will apply a clear sealant to those teeth, which is like a thin sheet of varnish for your child's teeth.

This coating keeps debris out of those cracks and crevices, and prevents your child's teeth to succumbing to tooth decay. With regular dental checkups, re-applications of sealants when needed, and proper oral hygiene, sealants are a great way of stopping childhood cavities in its tracks.

If you want to get your child's teeth sealed, contact our office and schedule an exam and cleaning. This way, you can make sure the sealants get put on top of clean teeth, so that your child can get the most use out of them.

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