By General, Cosmetic, Implant Dentistry
March 30, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sealants  

Protect your child’s back teeth from cavities with the help of sealants.

Did you know that one-third of children starting school have tooth decay? Decay is one of the most common dental issues our Yonkers, NY, dentists Dr. Fedele Vero, Dr. Christine Fumo, and Dr. Alec Ganci see in children. Along with proper oral hygiene and visiting our dental team twice a year for checkups, dental sealants may also reduce your child’s risk of developing cavities.

What are dental sealants?

To understand how a sealant works you first need to know what it is and what it does. Sealants are little clear or tooth-colored plastic coatings that provide a barrier for the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth. This dental material is used to cover the grooves and depressions of the molars and premolars, which are often more susceptible to decay than other areas of a tooth.

Why are dental sealants necessary?

While your child doesn’t necessarily need dental sealants, your Yonkers, NY, family dentist will most likely recommend that children get them. Sealants are an easy, painless, and non-invasive way to provide your child’s smile with a little added protection against decay. Once dental sealants are painted onto the chewing surfaces and then sealed to the tooth with a special light, they can last up to 10 years before needing to be replaced.

Dental sealants are placed as soon as your child’s first molars erupt, which is typically around 6-7 years old. Once your child’s second set of molars erupt, between 11-12 years old, you’ll want them to have sealants placed again. While sealants are quite durable, your child’s six-month checkups will allow our dental team to continue to monitor the strength, durability, and health of the sealant. If the sealant cracks or falls out, we can easily replace it at your child’s routine cleaning.

Whether you have questions about getting dental sealants for your little one or you need to schedule their six-month cleaning, our Yonkers, NY, family dentists Dr. Vero, Dr. Fumo, and Dr. Ganci are here to serve you and your child’s smile needs. Call us today at (914) 476-0100 to schedule an appointment.

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Fedele E. Vero, D.D.S., P.C.
Christine N. Fumo, D.M.D.
Alec J. Ganci, D.D.S

Yonkers, NY Family Dentist
South Bronx, North Westchester Cosmetic Dentist
General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

626 McLean Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10705
(914) 476-0100
 

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