Having a cavity form in one of your teeth can be a painful process which requires a filling. Once a cavity has formed your teeth cannot regrow and it is something that will be with you for the rest of your life. Children can be especially at risk from dental cavities and it is essential that their teeth are protected. The use of dental sealants can help.
A dental sealant is a plastic coating applied to the rear teeth of children. It is a simple and effective barrier against bacteria harming the youthful teeth. By using them, the child’s teeth are protected from bacteria and plaque which can cause them to decay.
Often patients have dental sealant placed at about the age of six when the permanent molars erupt and again at the age of twelve when the second molars erupt. They are affordable and will last several years before they need to be supplemented. The process of applying dental sealant is painful and will not cause children discomfort.
It can sometimes be difficult to get children to brush their teeth properly and with them snacking on sweets in the play ground at school, it is worth while giving their teeth the extra protection afforded by dental sealant. After all, it is better to protect teeth at a young age so that life long problems cannot take hold.
If you are concerned about the state of your child’s teeth, make an appointment with your Central London dentist and ask them for more expert advice about dental sealant and what it can do for your child’s teeth.