Getting your children to take care of their teeth through regular brushing and flossing can turn into a real battle. For many reasons, kids simply don’t take care of their oral health the way they should, which can cause dental issues like cavities and decay. If only there were some sort of safety net to protect your kids teeth even when they don’t brush and floss them properly. Thankfully, there is! Keep ready to learn how dental sealants from your family dentist in Wethersfield can protect your children’s smile.
What Are Dental Sealants and How Do They Work?
Dental sealants are thin, yet protective coatings made from a special plastic that sticks to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Although they are no substitute for a good brushing and flossing routine, they can prevent cavities from forming.
Think of dental sealants as raincoats for your child’s teeth. During the day, your kids eat and drink things that can turn into acid in their mouth, which can cause cavities. Once dental sealants are applied, they food from settling in hard-to-reach areas of the mouth and stops bacteria and acid from clinging to the teeth. This works just like raincoat keeps you dry during a storm.
Who Needs Dental Sealants?
Although sealants can be used for anyone, they’re especially popular for children. Your first molars come in around age 6, and your second set comes in around age 12. The sooner these molars (the main teeth you and your kids chew with) are sealed, the better chance they have of being protected from cavities.
Sealants are also mostly used for children because they don’t take care of their teeth as well as adults do on average. Whether it’s stubbornness, forgetfulness, or lack of oral healthcare know-how, sealants can give your kids the protection their teeth need while they’re still perfectly their brushing and flossing routine.
How Can My Children Get Dental Sealants?
The best part is that the process is quick and painless. Your Wethersfield dentist clean your kid’s tooth before placing the sealant. After, they will apply the sealant to the grooved back parts of their teeth, and then heat it with a special blue light to harden it. In just one easy visit, your children can have a more protected smile. This not only saves your teeth, but it will save you time and money in the long run from not having to get fillings for cavities!
Does it sound like your child’s smile could use the help and protection of dental sealants? Contact your dentist to see how they could benefit from this cavity-fighting treatment!
About the Practice
Drs. Thomas and Brendan Dolan are a father-son team of dentists who take pride in providing high-quality care to their patients. They like taking preventive measures like using dental sealants to protect your kid’s teeth from dental issues like decay. They currently practice at Dolan Dental, and they can be contacted through their website or by phone at (860) 529-2000 for any questions.