Children tend to be more susceptible to cavities than adults for a number of reasons. From weak enamel, poor brushing technique, eating sugary foods and drinks, to the shape of the teeth themselves, a young child's mouth can become a breeding ground for cavity-causing bacteria. In addition to building a good oral hygiene routine and taking them to the dentist for regular check ups and cleanings, dental sealants can help to protect your child's teeth from decay. Dr. Ben Baldwin and Dr. Stuart Baldwin, the family dentists at Baldwin Dental Group, offer a number of preventive and general dentistry services in Madisonville, KY.
Protect Your Child's Teeth with Dental Sealants in Madisonville, KY
Sealants work like a protective layer on your child's molars that helps food and bacteria from hiding away where they can be hard for a toothbrush to reach, increasing your child's risk of developing cavities and tooth decay. Because the surface of molars and the back teeth are uneven (known as pits and fissures), they are basically food and bacteria traps that make children especially vulnerable to tooth decay.
A sealant is a layer of resin that flattens and smooths out the surface of the tooth so that it is easier to brush, and less likely to trap food and bacteria. Sealants are safe and non-invasive, and can offer additional protection against cavities and tooth decay for up to an average of ten years. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), sealants can reduce the risk of cavities in children by as much as 80%.
Sealants are made of clear plastic resin, so they will look invisible on the teeth and allow your family dentist to monitor for any changes or problems during your child's routine dental exams.
Find a Family Dentist in Madisonville, KY
For more information about the benefits of sealants and preventive dentistry and to find out if they are right for your child, contact Baldwin Dental Group by calling (270) 245-1547 to schedule an appointment today with Dr. Ben or Dr. Stuart.