Getting Past Your Dental Fears And Learning About Technology

Several years ago I decided to take a trip to the dentist after skipping multiple appointments for over 15 years. I truly had a dental anxiety and had a hard time getting over my fears. Thankfully, my dental visit went smoothly with only four cavities identified. What I did find from this dental visit was that there was a great deal of new information and technology that I had been missing out on. Laser-based technology and digital imaging are just a few examples. With this blog, I want you to understand that you can get over your fears and learn about this new technology like I did, so enjoy the information.

Dental Sealants: Are They Right for Children?

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As a parent, you are responsible for introducing your child to dental practices like brushing to avoid dental problems such as tooth decay. Cavities and decay are common among children due to their affinity to sweet sugary foods. Therefore, you need to ensure you are taking enough measures to help them fight tooth decay. One way to keep tooth decay at bay is by getting dental sealants.

Here are three reasons to consider taking your kid to get dental sealants.

Helps Prevent Dental Cavities

A dental sealant refers to a thin plastic coating that a dentist installs on the child's tooth surface. Although they don't substitute brushing or flossing, sealants prevent tooth cavities. Since the sealant covers the tooth on the chewing surface, it prevents plaque from forming on the tooth. Additionally, they offer an additional layer of protection between the child's teeth and sugary food that could cause decay.

Every time food particles remain on your child's teeth after they fail to brush properly (or don't brush at all), the food becomes plaque and attracts bacteria on the teeth. These bacteria will produce acids that erode the tooth surface and enamel, causing cavities. With dental sealant in place, the plaque, bacteria, and acid don't reach the tooth surface; thus, preventing cavities.

Sealants Are Easy to Apply and Are Durable

The dental sealant application procedure is easy and only takes minutes. Besides, it is a comfortable, painless, and manageable procedure that even the most restless kids can withstand. Before application, the dentist will clean the teeth to avoid sealing in plaque. 

After cleaning and application, the dentist will leave the sealant to dry for a few minutes, and it is done. You won't need to make any dietary changes for your child. Despite the easy application, sealants are long-lasting. They offer long-term teeth protection, shielding them against cavities and decay.

Eliminate the Need for Teeth Filling

Most children are afraid of dental visits and suggesting a dental drill-like teeth filling could be stressful. Fortunately, after getting sealants, you won't need to get dental filling for your child. Since sealants prevent plaque on the teeth, your child's teeth remain clean and protected.

Teeth filling is a common solution to restore a tooth after it gets a cavity. However, it's an invasive procedure that might take some hours to recover. On the other hand, a dental sealant is a non-invasive procedure that can last for years. 

Worried About Your Kid's Sweet Tooth?

Monitoring your child's sugary food intake can be tedious. So, you need inventive and innovative ways to protect your child's teeth, like getting dental sealant. Consider calling a dentist today to schedule your child's appointment to get dental sealant. 


22 February 2022