What Are Sealants?
As a parent, you want to do everything you can to ensure that your child’s healthy teeth stay that way. You listen carefully to tips from your hygienist and dentist about the proper way for your child to brush and floss, and then you apply these ideas at home.
But there is one more important treatment that you can consider, and that is dental sealants placed by our children’s dentist in Metairie, LA.
What do sealants do?
Sealants are a thin protective plastic coating that we apply to the surface of children’s teeth to protect them and keep them strong and healthy. Brushing and flossing are essential for a healthy smile, but sealants add an extra layer of protection by sealing out bacteria that cause cavities. This helps prevent early decay from developing into a full-blown cavity.
According to a report issued by the Centers for Disease Control, using sealants reduces your child’s risk of decay in molars by almost 80%. According to this report, children without sealants are three times more likely to get a cavity than children with sealants.
At what age do you place dental sealants?
We usually place sealants on your child’s permanent molars and premolars as soon as they emerge, typically when your child is around six years old. However, we can place sealants on baby teeth if your little one is prone to cavities. Adults can also benefit from this added protection, but we usually do not place sealants on teeth with decay or fillings.
How can I learn more about dental sealants?
Sealants are an important part of preventive oral health care, and Metairie children’s dentist Dr. Margaret Patterson wants to support you in any effort you make to ensure your child’s healthy smile. Please call us to make an appointment to speak to our doctor and learn more about dental sealants.