Why Your Child Should Get Sealants

Did you know that cavities are considered a chronic childhood disease? In fact, cavities in kids are called early childhood caries (ECC) and it’s the most common chronic pediatric disease. For an estimated 300,000 kids, the disease is especially severe. 

Cavities - a big problem

ECC is marked by these features:

Without treatment, ECC can wreck your child’s teeth and smile. Depending on the extent of the damage, costs for cavity repair, surgery, anesthesia, and restoration can be extremely high.

Sealants - a great solution

At Easy Dental Care in Gainesville, Virginia, Dr. Hisham Merdad and Dr. Zuwena Abraham recommend dental sealants for all of their patients, especially children who are susceptible to ECC. 

Understanding sealants

Sealants are thin coatings of plastic material that one of our dedicated dentists applies to your child’s back molars, where 90% of cavities occur. The sealant fills in the crevices and grooves that are hard to reach with a toothbrush and help ward off dental decay. 

When to get sealants

Our dentists recommend getting sealants as soon as your child gets their first set of molars, sometime around six years old. When the second set of molars emerge around age 12, you’ll want to have our dentists apply the protective sealant coating to those as well.

Sealants are easy to apply

Applying your child’s dental sealants is quick and easy. One of our dentists coats the tooth with a solution that makes for easy adhesion, paints the molars with the thin sealant, and dries it with a special light. The whole process takes mere minutes and is completely painless. 

Sealants are effective

According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dental sealants stop the development of 80% of all cavities in the two years following their application. This is a staggering success rate, and yet, according to the same report, only 60% of children between ages 6-11 get dental sealants. 

Sealants are affordable

Many insurance plans include sealants in their preventive care coverage. Check your policy to see what it includes. Even if you have to pay out of pocket, dental sealants are extremely affordable and a great preventive strategy.

At Easy Dental Care, we’re passionate about protecting your child’s smile. If you need a pediatric dentist or recommendations on when your child should get sealants, give us a call to book an appointment or request one online.

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