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What Are Dental Sealants and Why Do My Kids Need Them?

December 26, 2022
Posted By: Dr. Jonathan Nelson
Dental Sealants for kids in Missoula, MT

Children often have a hard time perfecting their oral hygiene skills, and as a result, the health of their smiles often suffers. Dental sealants offer extra protection against the bacteria and plaque that cause tooth decay and cavities and can help prevent your child from having to endure more complicated treatment procedures for tooth repair.

What Is a Dental Sealant?

A tooth sealant is essentially a thin plastic coating that fills in the natural pits and grooves of the chewing surface of a tooth. These pits and grooves can often house plaque and bacteria that are harder to brush away, and they become a breeding ground for tooth decay and, ultimately, cavities to occur. A sealant fills in the chewing surface and "seals" it, protecting it from cavity-causing bacteria.

Our dentist and hygienist find that children with dental sealants experience fewer cavities and incidents of tooth decay than children without them.

Getting a Sealant

Placing sealants is a quick, simple procedure that our dentists can typically complete in one visit. It may not even require numbing anesthetic, making it more comfortable for your child.

Best of all, most dental insurances cover dental sealants as a preventive procedure, which means minimal out-of-pocket cost for giving your little one's smile some added protection.

Other Ways to Protect Your Child's Precious Smile

Routine visits with your dentist every six months for teeth cleanings and checkups are another way to protect your little one's sweet smile. 

Encouraging them and demonstrating excellent home care with daily brushing twice and flossing once helps them build a healthy and successful routine to protect their developing smiles.

Limiting sugary drinks and snacks helps prevent tooth decay and protects teeth from cavities. Encouraging healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables actually protects their teeth with increased saliva production.

We invite you to call Nelson Dental at (406) 542-3305 if you have questions about dental sealants in Missoula, MT, or other treatments for your child.

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