If you want to give your child’s smile extra protection against cavities caused by tooth decay, dental sealants may be a great choice. The team of dedicated professionals at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in Flanders, New Jersey, offers quick, easy, and effective sealants to help keep your child’s smile healthy and beautiful. Schedule a sealant appointment today by calling the office or booking a visit online.
A sealant is a preventative treatment that the team at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics can administer to give your child’s teeth extra protection against cavities caused by tooth decay.
Tooth decay happens when plaque is allowed to sit on your child’s teeth for too long. Plaque naturally forms on your child’s smile when they eat and drink anything, for example, containing carbohydrates, but it has harmful acids and bacteria that can eat holes in their enamel if left to sit for too long.
The small cracks and grooves in their teeth are highly susceptible to plaque buildup and can be difficult to fully clean, even with diligent brushing and flossing.
Sealants are a plastic resin that a dentist applies to the surfaces of your child’s teeth. The sealant fills in the spaces in those tiny cracks and grooves, smoothing over your child’s tooth surfaces and making it more difficult for plaque to buildup on them.
A sealed tooth is much less likely to develop tooth decay and makes your child’s at-home care markedly more effective.
The team at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics typically applies sealants to your children’s teeth once their permanent teeth have erupted and are in place.
It’s more common to seal permanent teeth than it is to seal baby teeth, but every patient is different, and some children might need the extra protection for their baby teeth. Your dentist works with you to determine the best course of action for your child’s particular needs.
Sealants typically last between three and five years, but depending on your child’s particular case, their sealants could last a lifetime. It’s not uncommon to see adults with sealants that are still intact from their childhood.
It’s important to note that sealants are only functional when fully intact, so if your child’s sealant comes off, be sure to schedule a resealing appointment immediately.
To learn more about how the friendly team of experts at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics can keep your child’s smile healthy and beautiful with dental sealants, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.