How sealants from your dentist in Sequim, WA, can save your child’s smile
Your child’s diet may be filled with sugar. Candy is an obvious source, but there are also hidden sugars in many foods and beverages kids love. Juices, sodas, popsicles, and other treats all have large amounts of sugar. The problem is, sugar combines with the bacteria in your mouth to create an acid. This acid causes tooth decay, which can sometimes be so severe it leads to loss of teeth, even among kids.
There is a very powerful weapon to protect your child’s teeth against tooth decay. It’s called dental sealants! Dr. E. Richard Zbaraschuk at Zbaraschuk Dental Care in Sequim, WA, offers dental services for all ages, including children. He can provide dental sealants that can save your child’s smile.
If your child is brushing and flossing regularly, that’s great, but it may not be enough to prevent tooth decay. That’s because teeth have many tiny grooves and crevices which are part of normal tooth anatomy. Bacterial acid can pool in these areas, causing decay.
Sealants work by covering up the grooves and crevices, so bacterial acid, food debris, and other irritants just slide right off of your child’s teeth.
Parents and children love dental sealants because sealant treatment is:
- Fast; it takes just a few minutes per tooth
- Pain-free; anesthetic is not required for treatment
- Easy; the liquid is placed and hardened with an ultraviolet light
- Inexpensive; sealants cost a fraction of the cost of fillings
Dental sealants should be applied to permanent teeth that have deep grooves and crevices, usually the premolars and molars. They can only be applied to natural tooth structure without any previous fillings.
The first permanent molars should be sealed by their dentist when your child is between 5 and 7 years old. The second permanent molars should be sealed when your child is between 11 and 14.
You want to protect your child’s smile, and dental sealants from your dentist in Sequim, WA, are the right choice to make. For more information about dental sealants and other dental services for your child, call Dr. E. Richard Zbaraschuk at Zbaraschuk Dental Care in Sequim, WA, today!