Get the correct dental sealants for your child
Dental sealants are very thin coatings used to fill in deep grooves and pits in teeth that can harbor bacteria. Sealants are applied to healthy chewing surfaces of the teeth to prevent decay and cavities – especially among children. According to the Centers for Disease Control, tooth decay affects more than half of children ages 6 – 8 and is even more prevalent in older children and teens. By applying sealants, families can prevent decay and therefore save on the costs associated with filling cavities. If you plan to get dental sealants in Ketchum, the CDC recommends doing so shortly after the molars have erupted from the gums – usually beginning around age 6.
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Did You Know...
- Dental sealants can last up to 10 years in the average patient.
- Many parents choose sealants for their kids because it is more affordable and less invasive to prevent cavities than it is to treat irreversible dental decay.
- Sealants are white or clear in color, making them virtually invisible when talking, smiling or eating.
- Dental sealants cover approximately 90 percent of the tooth structure and are 100 percent effective in preserving healthy teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sealants may be right for your child if he or she has molar teeth that are healthy and free of decay. Schedule a dental consultation for a complete examination to determine if dental sealants could be a preventative health solution for your children.
Your child will not experience any pain when sealants are placed. There is no drilling, and the entire tooth is left intact for the procedure. The tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and treated with a special gel before the sealant is painted on and cured. Although your child may at first feel the sealants on his or her teeth, the sealants are very thin and easy to adapt to.
Normal eating habits can be resumed after dental sealants are applied, although the sealants should be checked at every dental appointment for deterioration. Sealants that are damaged or missing can be replaced.