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Protecting Baby Teeth with Dental Sealants

April 14, 2016

pediatric dentist in thorntonDental sealants are plastic coatings painted onto the surface of molars to prevent cavities. They’re recommended for children’s permanent teeth, but their baby teeth are going to fall out anyway, right? Wrong. At Treasured Teeth, we recommend dental sealants for primary and permanent teeth. Learn more from the pediatric dentist in Thornton, Commerce City and Reunion!

Why Place Dental Sealants on Primary Teeth

Yes, your child’s first teeth will fall out and be replaced by the permanent ones — and it’ll probably happen before you know it. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do everything in your power to keep her smile as healthy as possible right now. These first teeth are vital for developing good speech and nutrition habits, and untreated baby teeth can affect the permanent ones behind them, too.

Considering how important baby teeth are to a functioning adult smile, we recommend dental sealants be placed around the time your child is six years old.

How Dental Sealants Work

Dental sealants are applied as a liquid that’s painted directly onto the surface of the back teeth. Once they’ve dried under a special UV light, the pits and fissures of the molars are protected from the acids that cause cavities. It’s a quick, painless treatment that can has a real impact on children’s dental health. We’ll continue to monitor the sealants in following visits to make sure they’re functioning as they should. If wear or a leak develops, the repair is as simple as the initial treatment.

Other Good Prevention Habits

Dental sealants work best in children when combined with excellent preventive habits. Help your little one enjoy healthy teeth by stressing the importance of good oral hygiene. She’ll need your guiding hand for a while until you’re confident she’s able to care for her teeth on her own.

  • Brushing for two minutes, twice a day. If you meet resistance, make brushing a family affair. Your child may be more likely to brush if everyone else is, too.
  • Flossing daily.
  • Visiting the dentist twice annually.

Remember that your child is following your example when it comes to dental health. Taking care of your own smile and talking about the dentist positively will help her see that clean teeth and a healthy smile are something to value.

Contact Treasured Teeth Today!

Help protect your child’s smile against cavities with dental sealants applied on primary and permanent teeth. The team at Treasured Teeth can’t wait to see your little one’s healthy, protected smile! Request an appointment online today.

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