Should You Consider Dental Sealants for Your Child?The point of teaching children good hygiene practices and bringing them to the dentist’s office every six months is to prevent issues like cavities (and more) from forming. However, sometimes, your child may benefit from more than good hygiene and regular preventive cleaning to keep cavities away. At our Galveston, TX, dental office, we also offer a number of other more direct preventive measures, such as dental sealants that directly prevent oral bacteria from reaching your child’s teeth. With the help of dental sealants, children may have a much better chance at preventing cavities, even if their risks are temporarily higher than usual.
Your child exhibits a higher risk of cavities
Before a cavity can develop in your child’s tooth, harmful oral bacteria will wear down and erode the tooth’s outer layer of enamel. This layer is made mostly of minerals, and when exposed to things like acid and other harmful substances produced by oral bacteria, tooth enamel’s mineral content can be depleted. This leaves the enamel weak and your child’s tooth more vulnerable to cavity development. If your child’s tooth enamel has grown especially weak, then we might recommend dental sealants, which are layers of biocompatible acrylic that stop bacteria and food particles from gathering on teeth’s surfaces.
Your child has trouble brushing and flossing
If your child hasn’t mastered brushing and flossing teeth yet, then they may be more vulnerable to cavities simply because oral bacteria have a better chance at lingering long enough. Until your child gets better at daily hygiene, dental sealants may offer a boost to their preventive efforts and make it less likely for them to develop cavities. However, dental sealants eventually dissolve on their own, and will not serve as a permanent remedy to a poor dental hygiene routine.
Your child’s dentist recommends fluoride
If your child’s dentist recommends fluoride treatment to boost the strength of weakened tooth enamel, then ask if your child may also benefit from dental sealants. Fluoride strengthens tooth enamel while dental sealants protect it from oral bacteria. Together, fluoride and sealants can give your child a significant advantage in defeating the bacteria that lead to tooth decay and cavity development.
Ask us about dental sealants for your child
In addition to preventive checkups and cleanings, your child might also benefit from biocompatible dental sealants to prevent cavities and protect their teeth. For more information, schedule an appointment by calling Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.