What your dentist in Garden City wants you to know
Most kids love to eat candy and drink sugary beverages, which can put them at a high risk of tooth decay. If your child loves sugar, you should take steps to protect their teeth. One of the most important steps you can take is to make an appointment for your child to get dental sealants. Dr. Robert Beckelman at Leading Care Dental in Garden City, NY wants to share how dental sealants can help your child’s smile.
When your child eats a sugary food or drinks a sugary beverage, the sugar combines with normal oral bacteria and produces an acid which is strong enough to eat through tooth enamel, causing decay. Two areas where tooth decay commonly starts are in between teeth, and in the deep crevices and grooves on top of your child’s teeth.
Brushing and flossing can do a lot to prevent tooth decay, but they can’t reach into the deep grooves and crevices where bacteria can hide. That’s where dental sealants come in. Dental sealants cover up the deep grooves and crevices with a hard protective coating, making it impossible for bacteria to thrive.
Dental sealant treatment is:
- Painless, requiring no anesthetic
- Quick, requiring just a few minutes per tooth
- Easy, using a liquid plastic that is hardened with an ultraviolet light
In addition to brushing and flossing, dental sealants provide another layer of protection against the harmful effects of sugar. Dental sealants can only be applied to teeth that don’t already have fillings, so it’s important to get sealants before tooth decay can start.
Your child should have sealants placed on the permanent first molars between 5 and 7 years old. The permanent second molars should receive sealants when your child is between the ages of 11 and 14.
Dental sealant application can prevent expensive, painful tooth problems later on. Your child deserves a lifetime of healthy smiles, so call Dr. Beckelman at Leading Care Dental in Garden City, NY. Help your child’s smile by calling today!