Tooth decay, or cavities, is the most common disease in children in the United States. Sealants can help protect your child’s teeth from getting cavities and furthering tooth decay.
Bacteria in our mouth feed off of the sugars in the food we eat and cause cavities. If we do not brush or floss properly, the bacteria can grow and eat away at our teeth, causing decay and cavities.
But, the good thing is that cavities are preventable. With proper oral hygiene, your child can avoid the number one disease in Ameria. Brushing and flossing twice a day is the first step in preventing cavities. But, sometimes, when children are too young to understand the importance of brushing, they may not properly clean every part of their mouth.
Tooth decay in baby teeth can lead to tooth decay in permanent teeth. That is why it is essential to know how to clean your teeth properly.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants add additional protection to your child’s teeth. Your child’s back teeth have deep grooves where bacteria like to hide. These grooves can be difficult to clean when your child is learning how to take care of their teeth properly.
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings for your child’s teeth that fill in the grooves. They can help prevent up to 80% of cavities.
Should My Child Get Sealants?
Most dentists recommend getting sealants between the ages of 5 and 14. Your child should get their first set when their first permanent molars come in around the age of 5 and 7. Then, your child should get another set when their second set of molars come in around the ages of 11 and 14. Sealants are also good for teenagers who are prone to cavities.
If you have noticed your child has been getting more cavities, it may be a good option to ask about sealants. They are also a good option if you are worried about your child’s oral hygiene habits.
Sealants are covered under certain insurance, so talk to your insurance and ask if they are covered.
If you are wanting to get sealants for your child or still wondering if they are right for them, talk to any of our pediatric dentists in South Carolina. We are happy to help you and would enjoy a visit from your child to answer any questions you may have.
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