How Sealants Protect Your Child's Smile
Did you know that brushing, flossing, and fluoride may not be enough to protect your child’s teeth from tooth decay? It’s true! That’s because high-sugar content foods and beverages like candy and soda constantly bombard your child’s tooth enamel, wearing away the enamel and causing decay.
The good news is, there is an effective way to prevent tooth decay. It’s called dental sealants, and Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH, offer dental sealants to protect your child’s smile.
Did you know that children are never too young to be at risk for tooth decay? The minute your child’s first tooth erupts, tooth decay can happen. The bacteria in your child’s mouth mixes with the sugar in foods to cause bacterial acid. This bacterial acid is strong enough to break through tough tooth enamel, causing a cavity.
Brushing and flossing protect many areas of teeth including in between teeth, but the deep grooves and crevices of normal tooth anatomy are difficult to clean, even with the most careful brushing and flossing. Dental sealants add another layer of protection by sealing up the grooves and crevices so that food debris and bacteria can’t attach and thrive.
Children and parents both love dental sealants because they are:
- Painless, because they don’t require anesthetic
- Quick, because each tooth only takes a few minutes
- Beautiful, because they are tooth-colored, making them virtually invisible
- Inexpensive, because they cost far less than other restorative treatments
Your child should have dental sealants placed on the first permanent molars when your child is between the ages of 5 and 7, and on the second permanent molars when your child is between 11 and 14 years old.
Dental sealants can help ensure your child enjoys a lifetime of healthy smiles. To find out more about dental sealants, talk with the experts. Call your family dentists, Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner, at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH, at (419) 424-5850 today!