Tooth decay—the condition that causes cavities—begins when excessive oral bacteria feed on food particles and produce harmful acids to attack healthy tooth structure. Typically, oral bacteria can be prevented from causing tooth decay if you routinely remove the plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) that they produce. However, some children may need additional protection due to increased risks of tooth decay or hygiene habits that are not fully developed. Dental sealants are layers of biocompatible acrylic that your dentist can place onto the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth, where bacteria and food particles are most likely to accumulate. By preventing bacterial accumulation on the surfaces of your child’s teeth, sealants can help prevent cavities from having the chance to develop.
Stopping Cavities with Regular Care
Dental sealants can be a great addition to your child’s dental care, but alone, they cannot help keep your child’s teeth healthy and free of disease. Effective prevention requires good hygiene at home and a regular schedule of general dentistry appointments. Therefore, in addition to dental sealants, we also provide effective hygiene education and tips to make keeping teeth clean and healthy a fun daily activity.
Find Out if Dental Sealants Are Right for Your Child
If your child is at an increased risk of experiencing tooth decay and cavities, then find out if one or more dental sealants are the right option. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.