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Your child could hit a speed bump on their road to dental maturity—tooth decay. In fact, children are susceptible to an aggressive form of decay known as Early Childhood Caries (ECC) that can lead to tooth loss and possible bite issues for other teeth.
But dentists have a few weapons in their arsenal for helping children avoid tooth decay. One of these used for many years now is the application of sealants to the biting surfaces of both primary and permanent teeth. Now, two major research studies have produced evidence that sealant applications help reduce children's tooth decay.
Applying sealant is a quick and painless procedure that doesn't require drilling or anesthesia. A dentist brushes the sealant in liquid form to the nooks and crannies of a tooth's biting surfaces, which tend to accumulate decay-causing bacterial plaque. They then use a curing light to harden the sealant.
The studies previously mentioned that involved thousands of patients over a number of years, found that pediatric patients without dental sealants were more than three times likely to get cavities compared to those who had sealants applied to their teeth. The studies also found the beneficial effect of a sealant could last four years or more after its application.
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend sealants for children, especially those at high risk for decay. It's common practice now for children to first get sealants when their first permanent molars erupt (teeth that are highly susceptible to decay), usually between the ages of 5 and 7, and then later as additional molars come in.
There is a modest cost for sealant applications, but far less than the potential costs for decay treatment and later bite issues. Having your child undergo sealant treatment is a worthwhile investment: It could prevent decay and tooth loss in the near-term, and also help your child avoid more extensive dental problems in the future.
How Do Sealants Help Protect My Child’s Teeth? What you need to know about dental sealants.
There are deep grooves and crevices in the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars and premolars (bicuspids). These are a normal part of your child’s dental anatomy. They are also an area of your child’s mouth that is very prone to decay. But now there is something you can do to help protect your child’s teeth. Dr. Cesar Acosta in Turlock, California is the caring dental provider who can help you protect your child’s teeth using dental sealants.
When your child consumes sugary foods or drinks, the sugar mixes with normal bacteria in the mouth and forms an acid. This acid can eat through the dental enamel and give your child a cavity that needs treatment. Dental sealants provide a hard protective layer over deep grooves and crevices. They keep bacteria, plaque and food from entering the deep dental anatomy and causing problems.
When Dr. Acosta does a sealant treatment, he will flow a liquid plastic material onto the chewing surface of your child’s teeth. The material is hardened using a special ultraviolet curing light. The hardened material “seals up” the deep grooves and crevices.
Dr. Acosta wants you to know some of the many advantages to your child receiving dental sealants. Your child will benefit from sealants because:
- Sealants can prevent the pain and damage from tooth decay
- Sealants can keep your child from needing expensive fillings
- Sealant treatment is completely painless and quick
Dental sealants are also important for you. As a parent, you will know you have done everything you can to keep your child from getting painful, damaging cavities. You should bring your child in for sealant treatment on the first molars between the ages of 5 and 7, and for the second molars between the ages of 11 and 14.
Dental sealants provide huge benefits to you and your child. Don’t wait until decay has begun. Come in and visit Dr. Cesar Acosta in Turlock, California, your neighborhood expert on dental sealants. Call today and protect your child’s smile!