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What Sealants Can Do for Your Child

How sealants from your dentists in Decatur, IL, can protect your child’s teeth

There are lots of sugary foods and beverages that can tempt your child. The bad news is, those same delicious foods and drinks cause childrem's smiletooth decay. The sugar mixes with the bacteria in your child’s mouth and forms bacterial acid, which is strong enough to eat through your child’s tooth enamel.

The good news is, there is an effective weapon in the fight against tooth decay. It’s called dental sealants! Drs. Chad and Natalie Corley at Corley Family Dental in Decatur, IL, offer a wide range of children's dentistry services, including dental sealants to protect your child’s teeth.

Dental sealants work by covering over the grooves and crevices which are a normal part of tooth anatomy. These deep grooves and crevices are the perfect environment for decay-causing bacteria to hide, because the deep grooves and crevices often can’t be cleaned with brushing and flossing.

Sealants provide an extra layer of protection for your child’s teeth. The recommendations are to have your child’s first permanent molars sealed when your child is between the ages of 5 and 7. The second permanent molars should be sealed when your child is between the ages of 11 and 13.

Parents and children alike enjoy the many benefits of dental sealants. Consider that dental sealant treatment is:

  • Pain-free, because there is no drilling, and no anesthetic is needed
  • Quick, because each tooth only takes a few minutes
  • Easy, because the sealant goes on as a liquid and is hardened with an ultraviolet light
  • Inexpensive, because sealants cost only a fraction of other restorative treatments

Dental sealants are a highly effective way to protect your child’s teeth against a barrage of sugary foods and bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Your child deserves a lifetime of healthy smiles and dental sealants can help. For more information about sealants and other preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services, call Drs. Chad and Natalie Corley at Corley Family Dental in Decatur, IL. Call today and protect your child’s smile or ask any questions about children's dentistry!