As a parent, one of your top priorities is maintaining your child’s health. A significant part of this is making sure that your child maintains good oral health and hygiene. One way to ensure your child’s teeth stay healthy is dental sealants. You may not know much about dental sealants, so we wrote a blog explaining some basics. As always, it’s best practice to talk to your pediatric dentist and ask what would be best for your child!
What Are Dental Sealants?
A dental sealant is a very thin coat of plastic applied to your child’s molars. Molars have a lot of dips and grooves where food and bacteria can get caught and cause problems. Sealants help keep food out of those grooves. The application of dental sealants can help prevent cavities and tooth decay!
When Should Your Child Get Dental Sealants?
You should talk to your pediatric dentist about dental sealants as soon as your child’s permanent molars come in (typically between the ages of 6 and 12). However, you don’t have to wait until they’re all in. As soon as they come in fully, talk to your pediatric dentist about applying sealant. You want to protect those permanent teeth so that they stay permanent!
Who Can Apply Dental Sealants?
The dentist or a dental hygienist will be responsible for applying the sealant. It’s a quick and painless process that will benefit your child in the long run. The sealant will last 5 -10 years and then will need to be checked by your child’s pediatric dentist.
Talk to Dr. Scott About Dental Sealant!
If your child is starting to grow permanent molars, it’s time to set up an appointment with a pediatric dentist. If you’re looking for an excellent pediatric dentist in the Springfield area, come visit Dr. Scott. He has been in the profession for many years and will be able to help you decide what will be best for your child’s teeth. Contact us today to set up an appointment!