You've taught your child healthy eating, proper brushing, and, if they're older, the importance of flossing as well. However, sometimes even the best of instructions and care fail to prevent your child from developing cavities. Fortunately, with dental sealants from Dr. Elleni Kapoor at General Dentistry 4 Kids in Virginia Beach, VA, you can set your kids up for oral health success.
Here's what to know about dental sealants:
What are sealants?
Sealants are thin, protective coatings that are applied to a patients' molars. Since these are so far back in the mouth, the molars are harder to navigate with a toothbrush and floss, making them more at risk for food particles, bacteria, and decay, all of which can lead to cavities.
At our Virginia Beach office, your dentist can apply sealants to children as young as 6, placing them on both baby teeth and permanent teeth. You will likely want to contact your dentist as soon as the molars grow in, as sealants are most effective the earlier they are affixed.
How are sealants applied?
First, your dentist will thoroughly clean your child's teeth before placing an abrasive gel on the surface of the teeth. This will create a surface suitable for the sealant to bond to the teeth. Next, the sealant will be applied and cured under a blue light. The whole process is quick, and your child won't feel any pain or discomfort.
How does my child care for their dental sealants?
Your child will care for their teeth like normal, with twice-daily brushing, flossing, rinsing, and regular visits with your dentist for exams and deep cleanings.
Ready to protect your child's smile with dental sealants? Then call General Dentistry 4 Kids in Virginia Beach today at (757) 965-3333 today to learn more about sealants!