Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To protect your child’s smile, our Grand Haven dentists may recommend dental sealants.
Like the name suggests, dental sealants cover the crevices of your child’s molars (back teeth). They consist of a protective coating that fills in hard-to-reach areas to help prevent cavities. Our tooth decay dentists will paint on the sealants, then cure them with a special light to make them harden. The procedure is pain-free and can be completed in one appointment.
While dental sealants are more commonly recommended for children, dental sealants for adults are also available. Our dentist may recommend you get a tooth sealant if you are prone to getting cavities. Deep pits and fissures in your molars can fill up with food particles and plaque, increasing your risk for tooth decay. Fortunately, our dentists can prevent cavities with dental sealants.
Molars are often neglected during teeth brushing because they are farther to reach. For this reason, your child’s pediatric dentist may recommend one or more tooth sealants. Baby teeth are just as important as their permanent counterparts because they help establish the foundation for good oral health. Reducing your child’s risk of tooth decay also helps them maintain healthy gums.
While sealants usually only last for a few years, they are easy to re-apply. If your sealant chips or cracks, call our office right away. It might not constitute a dental emergency, but bacteria could easily find its way into any cracks in the protective coating if you choose not to get it fixed.
At Grand Haven Smiles, we’ll answer any questions you may have about sealants at your child’s next dental exam. To schedule your appointment with one of our Grand Haven, MI sealant dentists, give our office a call at (616) 209-4704.
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