Family Dentist North York Dental Sealants
Dental Sealants: The Protective Force Shield for Your Kids’ Teeth
As parents you want to protect your kids from everything and would undoubtedly create a force field around them if you could. As a family dental team in North York, we understand your concerns and love the part we play in protecting your kids’ teeth from the villainous bacteria and decay that invades their mouth with the sinister plan of causing dental decay.
To that end we will often recommend dental sealants to those patients between the ages of 6 and 12 whose permanent molars have broken through and have deep grooves and fissures. Dental sealants are like an impenetrable force shield for your child’s teeth, protecting them from the food particles, germs and bacteria that ultimately lead to dental decay.
In the simplest of terms, dental sealants are a thin coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, creating a barrier between the depressions and grooves of the teeth and food particles, germs and bacteria. This simple and painless procedure generally focuses on cavity-prone areas of the mouth, such as the back teeth, as they are the first ones most likely to show signs decay due to deep grooves and fissures.
Are Sealants Really Necessary for My Child?
While you can go through life without ever having sealant applied to your children’s teeth, you do increase the risks of dental decay over time. According to the American Dental Association, dental sealants reduce the risk of dental decay amongst kids by almost 80%.
Even the most diligent brusher will be at increased risk without this simple and painless procedure as it is impossible to remove 100% of the food particles, bacteria and germs that live and feast in the grooves of your teeth. Think of your kids’ brushing habits now and tell me if you are confident that they won’t ever experience dental decay without sealants.
That said, dental sealants aren’t a replacement for proper oral hygiene. It is important to ensure your kids continue to practice healthy daily routines, including:
• Brushing twice a day
• Cleaning between the teeth either by flossing and using an instrument such as a water pik
• Choosing healthy foods, drinks and snacks
• Continuing to visit Lawrence Park Dental regularly
Family Dentist North York Dental Sealants – Your oral health matters to us and we strive to ensure our patients create healthy and lifelong habits. We invite you to visit us in office at Lawrence Park Dental, or call us at 416.488.7454 to speak with our team of experts at any time. We’d love to help you address your dental questions and concerns. It’s our job to keep you smiling… and we love it!