How Do Dental Sealants Prevent Cavities?

The main goal of routine children’s dental care is to help your child avoid potentially serious dental health issues. For example, cavities are the most common of these issues, though by consistently brushing, flossing, and professionally cleaning away harmful oral bacteria, your child has a good chance of avoiding them. At our Galveston, TX, children’s dental office, we offer several additional treatments beyond checkups and cleanings to help combat these microbes. For example, with the help of dental sealants, we can provide your child’s teeth with a strong but safe barrier that stops bacteria from affecting them at all.

How children develop cavities

Cavities are the most prominent effects of chronic tooth decay – an infection that begins in and spreads through a healthy tooth’s structure. They develop when harmful oral bacteria, which make up dental plaque and tartar, remain on your child’s teeth long enough to erode the enamel and infect the main structure of a tooth. It doesn’t take very long for a cavity to develop once tartar has formed on a tooth which is why cleanings and preventive measures are so important. Once a cavity develops, your child may require a custom, minimally invasive restoration to stop it and protect the tooth.

The point of dental sealants

In addition to routinely removing harmful oral bacteria, effective cavity prevention also means giving your child as much as an advantage as possible against bacteria in the future. Dental sealants help accomplish this by creating an impenetrable barrier between the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth and the plaque and tartar that could lead to cavities. The sealants are made from biocompatible and biodegradable acrylic, meaning they’re safe for your child and will dissolve on their own after a certain amount of time. After they’ve been applied, you won’t have to schedule an additional visit for your child to have the sealants removed.

Additional protection for young smiles

Dental sealants are typically recommended for teeth with larger chewing surfaces, such as premolars and molars. The acrylic is painted onto the chewing surfaces to stop food particles and oral bacteria from accumulating between the cusps of the tooth. The barrier prevents cavities by preventing the causes of them from reaching your child’s tooth at all. If necessary, we can also suggest additional measures such as fluoride treatment to ensure even more effective cavity prevention. While sealants create a barrier around your teeth, fluoride treatment strengthens the enamel itself against the erosive effects of harmful oral bacteria.

Can your child benefit from dental sealants?

Along with excellent hygiene and a regular schedule of preventive care, dental sealants can be an important piece to the puzzle in protecting your child’s smile from cavities. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.