Reduce your child’s risk for cavities with this simple preventive dental treatment.
There are so many ways in which you can ensure that your child maintains a healthy smile. One way to do this is to bring them in to visit our Jackson Heights, NY, family dentists Dr. Hassan Alamzad and Dr. Rihito Matsui every six months for routine checkups. You should also make sure that they are properly brushing and flossing their teeth every day. However, if you want another way to protect against decay then it might be time for your child to get dental sealants.
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are very thin plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth, or molars. As you might imagine, all the nooks and crannies on molars can make it easy for food and bacteria to get trapped. This issue compounded by the fact that it can sometimes be challenging for children to thoroughly brush their back teeth can put your child at risk for cavities. By getting dental sealants you can protect your child’s back teeth from decay.
How are dental sealants placed?
Getting dental sealants is quick, easy and completely painless (we know this is something that both parents and children are relieved to know!). In fact, our Jackson Heights, NY, dentist may even be able to place the dental sealants during your child’s next routine cleaning to make it more convenient.
Once the back teeth are cleaned, we will apply a special solution over the chewing surfaces. This solution will ensure that the sealant sticks to the enamel. Once the solution is washed away and the tooth is dried off, we will paint the sealant over the top of the tooth where it will immediately harden into place.
When should my child get dental sealants?
Once your child’s molars come in the sooner you can get them dental sealants the better. Sealants are a great way to seal out bacteria and food that could cause decay. The first set of dental sealants is often placed once your child’s first set of molars erupts through the gums (this is usually around the age of 6 or 7). At the age of 12, your child’s second set of molars should come in. Again, you’ll want to bring them back in to have sealants placed on these new molars.
Do you have questions about getting dental sealants? Want to find out if our dentists can place sealants during your child’s next cleaning? Then call Queens Professional Dental Care in Jackson Heights, NY, today and let us know.