Kalaheo Dental Group
Dr. Michael Lutwin, DDS and Dr. Ron Quade, DDS

Can Dental Sealants Help Your Child Have a Healthier Smile?

September 25, 2019
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Posted By: Kalaheo Dental Group

Children today can have full schedules just as adults do. School, soccer practice, music lessons—the last thing you want is for them to miss out on them because of dental problems like cavities. One of the easiest ways to help your keiki maintain a happy, healthy smile is with dental sealants. 

A significant part of family dentistry in Kalaheo is to prevent dental problems from occurring. Dental sealants are a thin coating of plastic that your dentist applies to teeth like molars that have rough, uneven surfaces.

These teeth are especially prone to cavities because the surfaces make it difficult to get them as clean as they need to be. Applying dental sealants to these teeth creates a barrier that protects bacteria and food debris from coming into direct contact with the tooth. 

How Effective Are Dental Sealants?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say that dental sealants can reduce the risk of cavities by as much as 80 percent, which is significant. According to the CDC, kids who don’t have sealants placed on their teeth are three times as likely to get cavities as those who do. 

How Do You Apply Dental Sealants?

The first step is to clean the tooth surfaces thoroughly. Next, your dentist in Kauai, HI applies a mild etching agent to the area we’re treating to prepare the tooth. The sealant is applied to the tooth to even out the surface and seal out cavities. The final step is to harden the sealant with a curing light. Sealants will wear away on their own, so they need to be replaced periodically.

Who Should Get Sealants?

Your child will get their first molars at about age six and their second molars around age 12. The best way to keep these teeth healthy is to apply dental sealants to protect them. Adults who have no history of dental work on the tooth are also excellent candidates for dental sealants.

Are Dental Sealants Right for Your Child?

Applying dental sealants is a part of family dentistry in Kauai, HI. Call Kalaheo Dental to schedule an appointment to see if our dentists think your keiki can benefit from sealants. 

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