Along with treating tooth decay, a dentist has several preventive treatments they can use to keep decay-causing bacteria away from teeth. A common treatment for kids is to apply dental sealants to their teeth to prevent bacteria from attacking them.
A sealant is a solution that our dentist at LUV Pediatric Dentistry in Sunrise, FL, brushes on teeth. As it dries, the solution becomes a plastic-like covering that prevents food from getting stuck between teeth, breaking down, and creating the bacteria that cause decay. The sealant also releases fluoride to keep teeth healthy while they are sealed.
While a dental sealant can keep your child’s teeth from developing cavities, it can wear out, tear, and get holes in the covering. However, the dentist can easily repair it by brushing more of the solution over the tears or holes and letting it harden.
Sealants can protect children’s teeth for up to 10 years, so most kids will be in their teens by the time they need the sealant removed or replaced if they want to continue using it. Adults can also get sealants brushed on their teeth to protect them and prevent cavities.
If you want your child’s teeth protected, our dentist at LUV Pediatric Dentistry will examine them to check for current or past decay. If they’ve had cavities before, they may not be eligible to get the sealant as it depends on how much decay they’ve had.
If the decay is current and mild, then our dentist in Sunrise, FL, will treat them to re-mineralize the teeth, and then have them sealed.
The only care necessary for your child’s sealant is to have our dentist inspect it for damage during their bi-annual dental appointments. Also, they need to resist eating sticky, chewy, and hard foods, such as:
To help keep your children’s teeth healthy, our dentist at LUV Pediatric Dentistry in Sunrise, FL, will protect them with dental sealants so that they don’t get cavities.