Children’s teeth are prone to cavities and tooth decay, especially the back teeth. Cavities can damage the teeth and weaken the tooth structure, repairing fillings or restorative dentistry. Preventing tooth decay is vital for kids, from promoting daily brushing and flossing to routine teeth cleanings and checkups. Another option for preventing tooth decay are dental sealants, which we offer at Harlandale Kids Dental in San Antonio, TX.
The back molars have crevices, grooves and pits that can collect food debris that attracts and feeds bacteria. During the first few years after eruption, the back molars are particularly prone to tooth decay, especially in these hard-to-clean nooks and crannies. Even kids that are great about brushing their teeth after meals may not be able to remove all food particles off the surfaces of the molars. Dental sealants are a preventive service that can reduce cavities in the back molars for children and teens.
Teeth Sealing Treatments
To protect the surface of the back molars, a protective layer of resin or sealant can be used. Dental sealants are painted onto the surface of the molars after they have been cleaned and then cured to create a smooth, hard protective layer of protection. This can reduce the chance of cavities on the surface and protect the molars from damage from tooth decay and fillings. Cavities can still occur between teeth but overall, there is a significant reduction in risk of tooth decay. The protective film wears off slowly over time, usually lasting several years.
Dental sealants may be recommended for children once their permanent molars arrive, usually between the ages of 6-14. Most sealants are used on permanent teeth, but it is possible to use sealants on baby teeth to prevent cavities.
Preventing tooth decay is important in protecting your child’s smile. Our team at Harlandale Kids Dental can discuss whether dental sealants or other preventive dental care options are right for your child. To learn more or to schedule a checkup for your child, contact our office in San Antonio, TX. We accept Medicaid and most dental insurance plans.