If you are seeking to protect your child’s teeth this summer as they set out to enjoy the outdoor activities and treats that come with it, you might want to enlist the aid of dental sealants. Whether you are planning road trips, picnics, and barbecues, camping or afternoons at the cinema, sugary treats and refreshing drinks are likely on the menu. Dental sealants can protect your child’s chewing surfaces to keep their summer smile healthy.
When our dentists apply sealants to your child’s molars, we coat the chewing surfaces with a special gel and then harden it with a light source directed at the tooth. This treatment will protect the tooth and strengthen it, making it resistant to tooth decay and dental erosion.
Sealants have a proven track record in providing a protective barrier for maintaining tooth enamel. They are also long-lasting, lasting up to ten years before requiring reapplication. Sealants can reduce your child’s risk of tooth decay on the molars by up to 80%. This is very helpful, particularly if your child is prone to cavities. In fact, the Center for Disease Control has stated that children without dental sealants are three times as likely to experience cavities as they grow.
We recommend dental sealants for children as soon as their first molars come in, usually around age six. This will help ensure a healthier smile as they develop. If you would like to speak with our dental professionals about how dental sealants can protect your child’s smile, or if you would like to schedule a visit, please call KidsKare P.C. in Las Cruces, New Mexico, at 575-532-5437 today.