Sealing the Deal: Cavity Prevention for Kids

Sealants for childrenDid you know that more and more children are developing multiple cavities—some with as many as seven to ten? At A New Smile Dental Group, a family and children’s dentist in Santa Clarita Valley, CA, we’re pleased to offer dental sealants for our youngest patients. Sealants are just one of our preventive dental treatments available for children, along with custom mouthguards and needle-free sedation.

What Are Sealants?

Sealants are a plastic shell placed over the back teeth, where children’s teeth are especially susceptible to tooth decay. The clear coating begins as a liquid, which your dentist will carefully paint on the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars. The liquid hardens within minutes, and the results can last up to 10 years. The procedure is painless and non-invasive.

Is My Child a Candidate for Sealants?

We generally recommend sealants for children ages six to eight years old on the permanent first molars. Children ages ten to twelve years old may receive sealants for their second molars. Not all children will require sealants, so your dentist will assess your child’s teeth during his or her checkup before making a recommendation. Several factors determine your child’s risk of tooth decay; these include their hygiene habits, diet, and even their genes. A child who has had a cavity within the previous three years is an excellent candidate.

What Are the Benefits of Sealants for Children?

According to the results of several studies, dental sealants may prevent between 60 and 70 percent of cavities. We cannot stress enough the importance of teaching children to view dental checkups as a necessary part of their overall health—something that is difficult to do if a child has learned to associate the dentist with cavities and fillings. Over time, these healthy habits can spare your children the anxiety and discomfort of needing dental crowns or even root canal treatment.

About Your Canyon Country Dentists

At A New Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our San Fernando Valley office at (818) 897-5771. We proudly serve communities in Canyon Country, Pacoima, San Fernando, Porter Ranch, Granada Hills, Sylmar, and Mission Hills.