Prevention Focused Dentistry
Dr. Harry Habbel recommends placing sealants on permanent molars as soon as they erupt, which is usually around 6 and 12 years of age, respectively. Since cavities are one of the most common childhood diseases, dental sealants are an effective way to reduce your child’s risk of oral health complications.
Like cleanings, fluoride, and X-rays, your child’s dental sealants are usually covered under your insurance’s preventative benefits. Most people pay little to nothing out of pocket. But even if sealants aren’t covered, the procedure is quite affordable.
Cavity Protection for Kids
Cavities are bacterial infections that can spread to adjacent teeth. When not treated quickly, the cavity can spread deeper into tooth structure and require endodontic therapy (root canal treatment.)
Fortunately, getting sealants on permanent teeth can drastically lower your child’s risk of getting cavities in the first place. The key is to protect molars as soon as they erupt, rather than wait until there are other cavities elsewhere in the mouth.
Since sealants only safeguard the chewing surfaces of molars, it’s still important to teach your child how to floss on a daily basis.
Simple and Effective
Getting dental sealants is easy and only takes a few minutes per tooth. When you schedule a checkup for your child at our Southampton practice, we can incorporate sealants on the same visit if needed.
Schedule your family’s next visit with Harry Habbel, DDS!