At Colorado Kids Pediatric Dentistry, our mission is to provide premier dental care to children in the Highlands Ranch and Castle Pines area. Through our pediatric dentistry treatments, we address multiple common dental problems in kids to ensure they enjoy the healthiest smile possible. One of these treatments is dental sealants. Dr. Lisa Fox, on of our children’s dentists, is here to tell you all about dental sealants and how they can promote good dental health for your child.
What Are Dental Sealants & How Can They Help?
I know if you have kids and talk with other moms or dads about teeth and the dentist, either through Facebook or at the playground, somewhere in the conversation the word ‘sealants’ is going to come up. If your kiddo only has two or twenty baby teeth, you may not yet care about sealants. However, if your child has a few of his or her grown-up molars in place and, like my kids, the toothbrush makes only a passing landing on those teeth, then listen up! Sealants (and twice daily brushing) will keep decay out of the crevices in those teeth, saving your kids from one more trip to the pediatric dentist’s office and keeping your dental insurance co-payments in your pocket!
Sealants do just as the name suggests. They provide a seal over the tooth enamel. Painted on virtually like painting on finger nail polish, the seal covers the cavity-prone biting surface of molars and, just like the Teflon on your favorite non-stick frying pan, food debris and sugars can’t find a home in the crevices of your child’s teeth!
Now, sealants aren’t magic and are not the only trick for tooth decay prevention. If they were, your pediatric dentist would seal every surface of every tooth. In fact, sealants only work on the biting surface of molars because the material can only stick to those crevices we were talking about. And sealants can be damaged or come off. Has your older child ever tried to scramble eggs in your favorite non-stick frying pan using a metal spatula or two metal forks? The same kind of damage on the surface of your pan can happen to sealants. Hopefully your kid won’t stick a metal fork into his teeth, but sealants can break off by kids chomping on hard candies or chewing ice. No worries though, your pediatric dentist can fix or replace worn out sealants and help keep those tooth crevices sugar bug free!
Contact Us For Pediatric Dentistry Near Centennial, CO
If you’d like to learn more about dental sealants or would like to schedule an appointment for your child to visit us in Highlands Ranch or Castle Pines to benefit from the application of dental sealants, contact us or use our online appointment request form. Our dentists and team look forward to seeing you