Part of raising a happy, healthy child is teaching them good oral health habits. But many kids struggle with brushing their teeth long enough for it to be effective. Even if you set timers or teach children songs to sing as they brush, there’s no guarantee they’re going to get into all those hard-to-reach places, such as the back molars. This is where dental sealants can help. Your dentist in Long Beach, CA, can tell you more about the many benefits of dental sealants and when your child may need them.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Sealants are very thin coatings that a dentist paints onto the surface of teeth. They’re made of a type of dental plastic, and their purpose is to seal and protect teeth from decay.
The sealant solution gets into all the nooks and crannies of your child’s molars and essentially glazes them. Once hardened, it protects teeth and prevents food particles from getting stuck in tiny grooves or crevices.
When Should My Child Have Sealants?
Ideally, you should talk with your child’s dentist about sealants as soon as their molars grow in. Most children begin getting their molars around the age of six. However, your child can have sealants applied to “baby teeth” as well. This will help keep the teeth healthy and comfortable, and it may also help the permanent molars to erupt without incident. Permanent teeth that grow into a healthy mouth with healthy tissue are less likely to cause problems. And children who have dental sealants are much less likely to develop cavities — up to three times less likely — according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dental Sealants in Long Beach, CA
If you’re ready to discuss the benefits of dental sealants for your child in Long Beach, CA, or the surrounding area, Dr. Andy Tang is ready to listen. Located along Anaheim Rd in Long Beach, Dr. Andy Tang and his experienced and friendly team are waiting to make you and your child feel right at home. We invite you to call today to set up a convenient time to come in and discuss your dental goals.