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Although adults are more prone to dental disease, children aren't immune from one particular infection, tooth decay. Some children, in fact, are at higher risk for an aggressive form called early childhood caries (ECC).
There are a number of things you can do to help your child avoid this destructive disease, especially daily brushing and flossing to remove bacterial dental plaque, the underlying cause for tooth decay. It's also important for your child to see a dentist regularly for professional dental cleanings and checkups.
But some of their teeth, particularly the back molars, may need some extra attention to fully protect them against decay. This is because larger teeth like molars have numerous pits and crevices along their biting surfaces that can accumulate dental plaque difficult to remove by brushing alone. The added plaque increases the presence of bacteria around the tooth, which increases the risk of decay.
To minimize this possibility, dentists can apply a dental sealant to "smooth out" those pits and crevices in the molars and make it more difficult for plaque to accumulate. This is a quick and painless procedure in which a dentist brushes a liquid plastic resin or similar material onto the teeth's biting surfaces. They then apply a curing light to harden it into a durable coating.
About one-third of children—mostly those considered at higher risk for tooth decay—have undergone sealant treatment. But the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend this preventive measure for all children between ages 5 and 7, and then later between 11 and 14 when additional molars come in. Although there is a moderate cost per tooth for sealant application, it's much less than the potential expense of treating an infected tooth.
Combined with daily oral hygiene and other preventive measures, sealants can reduce the chances of damaging tooth decay. Keeping your child's teeth healthy is an important part in maintaining their dental health today—and tomorrow.
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 tooth 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!