If your child is prone to getting cavities, the doctors at Pediatric Dental World may recommend dental sealants in addition to proper oral hygiene and regular check-ups. The sealants can add an extra layer of protection and help their teeth better fight bacteria and decay.
But, how do dental sealants work? And are they safe for your little one?
Keep reading to learn more.
Dental sealants are a type of liquid composite resin that is applied to your child's teeth. Their role is to form a protective shield between the tooth enamel and cavity-causing bacteria. And, because the sealant reaches every nook and cranny of the teeth, their oral health is better protected against sugar, acids, and food particles.
The available data and the research we have so far show that dental sealants are safe for use in children. Even official organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) support dental sealants as an effective approach to preventing tooth decay in children. Provided they are applied by a skilled dental practitioner, dental sealants are a secure and efficient method of protecting children's teeth against cavities.
Here are some of the advantages that dental sealants can offer:
One of the problems a lot of parents raise is the potential exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA). Dental sealants might contain minuscule amounts of BPA, but studies have proven that BPA exposure from dental sealants is considerably lower than than the amount found in the food we consume every day.
That said, it's important to know that some people may have an allergic response to the materials in dental sealants. Fortunately, these reactions are uncommon, and dentists can often use alternative materials for those with known allergies.
Do you want to learn more about dental sealants and find out if they are an option for your child? The team at Pediatric Dental World can answer all your questions and better explain how the sealants work.
Contact us now to request an appointment with one of our doctors.