kids teethKids will be kids, and they will gorge on sugary treats as much as they want. No nagging and scolding in the world could ever make your child quit eating candies. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that majority of school children show signs of early tooth decay such as cavities. Luckily, you can make your child less prone to developing cavities by making him or her get dental sealants.

What are dental sealants?

These sealants are very thin plastic coatings which are painted on the surfaces of your child’s teeth. The procedure of getting sealants on is very easy and it does not involve any kind of pain at all. In fact, while sealants are usually painted on in dental clinics, your child’s school dentist could also do the procedure himself or herself. The sealants are painted on as a liquid substance which hardens very quickly.

How are sealants applied?

The process of applying sealants on the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth is rather straightforward. The first step is to clean the tooth and then dry it off with cotton placed around the tooth in question in order to keep it dry. A solution is then applied on the tooth in order to make it rough so that the sealant could adhere to the surfaces much better. Once more, the tooth is rinsed and then dried still using the cotton. It is then that the sealant is applied on the chewing surface of the tooth, and then allowed to set and dry.

Why should you get sealants for your child?

The avoidance of tooth decay is the main reason for why you should get sealants for your kid. The sealant will create some sort of barrier in between in the food debris, plaque and bacteria, and your teeth. Doing so, the cavity causing bacteria will not be able to so easily create cavities around the teeth of your child.

What is the cause of tooth decay?

The primary reason for why tooth decay develops is due to cavity causing bacteria. Whenever the bacteria metabolize sugars from inside your mouth, the bacteria produces acidic by-products which eat at the enamel region of your teeth and causes cavities. If the cavities continue to develop way beyond the enamel and dentin regions, the bacteria could make its way to the pulp, and cause an infection by damaging nerve endings and blood vessels. It is when the pulp region is involved that extreme pain is felt by the sufferer.

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