Summer can be a great time to get children in for routine preventive care appointments and complete their yearly check up with the dentist. For school-aged kids, extra steps aside from brushing and flossing can be performed at the dental office to help prevent cavities. Two very good options are fluoride treatments or dental sealants.
So, which option is the best for your child?
Dental sealants: This thin coating can be applied to the top of your child’s molars to help prevent cavities on their back teeth. Brushing and flossing are the best way to clean teeth and prevent cavities, but it isn't always easy to clean every groove and pit on the biting surface of the back teeth. Sealants help keep food and bacteria from building up. They are applied to first molars around age 6 and on second molars at age 12. Sealants protect against 80% of cavities for the first 2 years and against 50% of cavities for up to 4 years. Your dental team will check to see if they need to be reapplied to protect your child’s teeth at a regular dental appointment. With this extra protection against cavities, your child can avoid permanent damage caused by cavities and they are less likely to need fillings or other more serious and costly dental work.
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