How Tooth Sealants Prevent Cavities in Children and Teens
Dental sealants are a great way to protect your growing child’s teeth from cavities. Sealants can prevent decay by as much as 80 percent, according to the American Dental Association (ADA.) A relatively recent advance in children’s dentistry, dental sealants for kids teeth help avoid much more costly dental restorations. It’s a win-win!
In our practice we use the latest dental sealants including Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatment (SDF). The Food and Drug Administration has designated silver diamine fluoride with Breakthrough Therapy Status.
What Are Sealants for Kids Teeth?
Dental sealants are protective plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of primary (baby) and permanent (adult) molars to prevent tooth crevices from trapping food particles and bacteria. Sealants are recommended by the ADA and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD).
How Dental Sealants Prevent Decay?
Sealants act as a barrier to food, plaque and acid to protect the decay-prone areas of the teeth. The back teeth are the ones that are most likely to show signs of decay, so it is important to take this extra step to help protect them.
Sealants are applied when molars erupt beyond the gums, generally between five and 10 years of age. They and are not typically visible when a child laughs, talks, or smiles. While sealants can last for many years, they need to be maintained and evaluated for wear, and occasionally require touch-ups.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, visit our NYC kids dentistry center or call Upper East Side pediatric dentist Dr. Babich at (212) 988-4070.
Pediatric Dentistry: Dr. Sara B. Babich, DDS
116 E 84th St,
New York, NY 10028
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