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Benefits of Dental Sealants for Your Child

November 18, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Richard Facko
Dental Sealants for Your Child | Palos Heights IL

If you want extra insurance against cavities and are seeking dental sealants in Palos Heights, we can help.

Even with the best home care routine and excellent intentions, you may fins that your child has tooth decay, in spite of your best efforts. The truth is that toothbrushes are great at removing plaque and bacteria from children’s teeth when used properly, but the bristles may not always be able to reach those really deep grooves where bacteria like to hide.

Deep groves, common especially in children’s teeth, can make it difficult to prevent decay, but not impossible. To give your little one added protection, we offer dental sealants in our Palos Heights dental office.

What Exactly Are Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a quick and affordable way to created a barrier between the bacteria that cause decay and your child’s teeth. They are non-invasive, as well. We simply paint them on and cure them with a special light that hardens them. You will not be able to see dental sealants, but we will check them at your child’s dental appointments to make sure they are still effective.

You can expect dental sealants to last for several years when we can replace them for more protection against the most common childhood disease – tooth decay.

At a fraction of the cost of fillings, sealants are a great investment!

Other tips to keep your child’s smile comfortable and healthy include:

  • Brushing at least twice a day with proper techniques
  • Flossing your child’s teeth at least once per day
  • A healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables
  • Limiting sugary or starchy snacks
  • Regular dental exams and cleanings

If you need a reminder about how to care for your child’s teeth, our team is always happy to help. Remember, your little one will need help brushing and flossing until at least age nine because their dexterity is not yet fully developed.

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