Benefits of Dental Sealants for Your Child

Benefits of Dental Sealants for Your Child

April 25, 2019

The office Dr. Vinit Shah strives every day to provide you, our patient, with the best dental care in Elmhurst and the surrounding area.

Even if you work hard at making sure your child has the best dental routine care at home and do so with excellent intentions, it is still entirely possible to find your child will suffer from tooth decay. Toothbrushes are wonderful for removing bacteria and plaque from your child’s teeth, but the bristles on the toothbrush might not be reaching the really deep grooves where that bacteria is hiding.

The deep grooves that are most common in children’s teeth make it harder than ever to prevent dental decay, but not impossible. It is a good idea to help your little one with some added protection, such as the dental sealants that we offer at the office of Dr. Vinit Shah.

What Exactly Are Dental Sealants

Using dental sealants are the most affordable way and a quick way to create a much-needed barrier between the bacteria that will cause decay and the teeth of your child. The treatment is not invasive. We paint the sealant on and then cure it with a special light so that it will harden. You cannot see the dental sealants, but we can review them when your child makes his/her dental appointments to see if the sealant is still in place and effective.

Dental sealants usually last for several years, and by that time Dr. Vinit Shah will replace them with more sealant protection against one of the most common childhood problems – tooth decay.

Using sealant can save a lot of money in the long run, making them a wise investment. Sealants are only a fraction of what it costs for a filling; not a hard call to make as a parent.

Here are some more tips you can use to keep your kid’s smile healthy:

  • Brush their teeth at the very least two times a day and with the proper methods
  • A diet that is full of healthy vegetables and fruits
  • Regular check-ups at the dentist and cleanings
  • Limit starchy snacks and sugary foods or treats
  • Flossing of your kid’s teeth at the minimum of once a day

If you feel that you should need a reminder as to how you should care for your children’s teeth, our team here is ready all the time to help you. Your child will need you to help them or at least oversee with their flossing and brushing until they are about age nine because their dexterity has not developed sufficiently at this point.