Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis, Hawaii
3221 Waialae Ave #315
Honolulu, HI 96816

Does Your Child Need Dental Sealants? Honolulu Dentist Explains January 29, 2018

Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis, Honolulu
Does Your Child Need Dental Sealants? Honolulu Dentist Explains, Honolulu, Hawaii

When it comes to caring for a child’s dental health, most parents are familiar with the basics, from brushing and flossing to regular checkups with the dentist. While these habits are important, there are other options for parents to consider when it comes to preserving their child’s oral health.

The dentists at Kaimuki Dental Group in Honolulu, HI, strive to provide the most compassionate and competent care when it comes to family and cosmetic dentistry. To keep a child’s teeth in optimal shape, parents should discuss dental sealants with their dentist to find out what they are and why they’re important.

What Are Dental Sealants?

dentistDental sealants are generally made from a plastic material and are placed in the crevices of a tooth where most chewing occurs. While they can be placed on all teeth, they are usually placed on molars first because of how much chewing these teeth are responsible for, and because children and parents have more difficulty brushing back that far. Dental sealants are used as a protective barrier to help prevent decay and cavities from forming on newly erupted teeth.

Who Should Get Dental Sealants?

Most dentists recommend sealants for children starting around the age of six, or when their adult teeth begin to erupt. From time to time, sealants may be recommended for older individuals or those prone to cavities or decay, in addition to people who lack access to basic or regular dental care.

How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?

Dental sealants usually protect teeth for up to 10 years, but they should be regularly checked by a dentist for cracking. If a crack or chip forms in a sealant, plaque can become trapped inside and underneath the crack and accelerate the decay. If not properly treated, this can lead to a cavity.

Individuals considering dental sealants for their children should talk to their dentists about the benefits associated with the treatment. Parents in the Honolulu area looking for a family dentist can call the professionals at Kaimuki Dental Group at (808) 737-7905. Additional information on the practice and services can be found on their website.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Kaimuki Dental Group LLP
A Guide to Conservative Dentistry, Honolulu, Hawaii
Dental restorations are necessary when a patient has experienced extensive tooth decay. Conservative dentistry is a type of restorative care that aims to preserve as much of the natu...read more
A Basic Guide to Veneers, Honolulu, Hawaii
When you visit your dentist for a routine cleaning, you might want to ask how you can improve your smile. If you’ve been thinking about adding a memorable shine t...read more
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?, Honolulu, Hawaii
If you aren't satisfied with the look of your smile, teeth whitening is the fastest and easiest way to improve it. A simple half-hour visit to your dentist's office can make a notice...read more
How Food Acidity Affects Your Teeth, Honolulu, Hawaii
Taking care of your teeth involves more than daily brushing and dentist visits. You also need to be mindful of what you eat. Mineral-rich foods, like dairy and leafy greens, hel...read more
What’s the Difference Between an Electric & Manual Toothbrush?, Honolulu, Hawaii
In addition to visiting your dentist every six months for deep cleanings and checkups, you can protect your oral health by brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day. Brush...read more