At Mayfair Family Dentistry, we specialize in providing preventive services to you and your family. Preventive services are used to prevent damage or disease from occurring. Preventive services are common practice when treating children and sealants are one of the more popular treatments. If you have any questions about whether sealants are right for your child, contact us at our office, located on Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia, PA.
Dental sealants are pretty simple. A dental sealant is used to seal off a tooth. This is done for a variety of reasons. One reason is that some teeth have grooves or crevices in them that may be difficult to clean properly by just brushing and flossing alone. When this happens, bacteria and plaque can build up and cause cavities. Another reason dental sealants are used is to protect the teeth from harmful acid that can wear away at the enamel. When sugar is consumed, the bacteria in the mouth produces harmful acids that wreak havoc on the enamel. Since children tend to consume high amounts of sugar, sealants are quite popular with this age group.
The best time to get dental sealants is as soon as possible; however, it is recommended that you wait until the first molars erupt. Most kids will have their first molars by about six years of age. Once this has occurred, your child is ready for dental sealants and the sooner, the better. The sooner that your child gets dental sealants, the less damage harmful acids and bacteria are able to do to your child’s teeth.
If you believe that your child is ready for dental sealants, contact us today at Mayfair Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment. Other things that you can do before your child is ready for dental sealants is enforcing healthy teeth cleaning habits and a healthier diet. Brushing and flossing at least twice daily will significantly reduce your child’s chance of getting a cavity. In addition to this, eating foods that are lower in sugar content will help preserve the enamel on your child’s teeth.