At Richmond Dental in Richmond, VT, your family’s health is our biggest priority. With all of the experience we’ve acquired over the years, we know how common and frustrating it can be to have to treat your child for cavities on a regular basis. It’s very common for children to suffer from cavities when they’re growing up, as they are still learning healthy diet and oral care habits. There is a preventative procedure we can perform on your children’s teeth though to keep them from getting so many cavities called dental sealants.
Dental sealants are basically exactly what they sound like; we paint a protective coating on your child’s teeth that reach into the nooks and crannies of their teeth. This keeps food and bacteria from reaching those parts of their teeth. This makes getting cavities virtually impossible and the procedure is absolutely painless.
Sealants are most effective if they are painted on after the first set of molars arrive around age 6. This painless procedure will save them pain, and you can’t notice the sealants when your child smiles or talks.
Sealants prevent about 80 percent of cavities for two years. After the first two years of wear, they still can offer about 50 percent of protection for your children’s teeth for up to four years.
It’s common for parents to ask us if it is better to prevent cavities before they happen or treat them as they come by means of dental fillings. I always advise my patients that a tooth with no fillings or cavities is always healthier than one with them. Sealants offer your children protection from tooth decay, and by saving them filling appointments, you can also curve a possible dental phobia from occurring.
Protect your child’s teeth today by giving us a call!