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Does My Child Really Need Dental Sealants? Milton, GA
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Brushing, flossing and limiting sugar are essential rules for avoiding cavities. However, if you are a child with emerging permanent teeth, professional dental care offers yet another powerful weapon against tooth decay. Dental sealants are designed to provide extra protection for those back molars that are hard to keep clean for kids. Since dental sealants are routine but not required, parents often question their value and necessity. Here’s a closer look at what this simple, quick dental treatment can do for your child’s oral health.

What are Dental Sealants?

It is important to understand exactly what dental sealants are as well as when and how they are applied. Dental sealants are thin, clear coatings that are painted on the surface of molars. These adult teeth first emerge in the back of the mouth around age 6 and another set comes in around age 12. These are ideal times to get dental sealants.

Sealants mold into the deep pits and crevices of the back molars, which are often areas that are more difficult to clean and where sugars and plaque accumulate in young smiles. Sealants do not eliminate the need for brushing and flossing on the molars, but they do provide a remarkable layer of protection to help your child avoid cavities. Cavities are one of the leading reasons why kids in the United States miss school or don’t perform well in school! In addition, cavities can be painful and they require a filling or crown to repair.

Top Reasons to Schedule Sealants for Your Child

If you are still on the fence about giving your child sealants, consider these staggering facts:

  • Dental sealants prevent 80% of cavities in the back teeth
  • School-aged children without sealants have 3 times more cavities
  • Sealants are much more affordable than repairing a cavity
  • Getting sealants takes just minutes and involves no pain
  • Dental sealants are covered by most health insurance plans
  • Sealants can last for several years and bridge the gap for novice brushers

Ready to schedule dental sealants for your child? At Georgia Orthodontic & Children’s Dentistry, we offer comprehensive preventative care for each child. In most cases, we can apply sealants during your child’s routine dental checkup and cleaning.

Posted on behalf of Georgia Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004

Phone: (770) 521-2100

Mon – Fri: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Our Patients Reviews

I was skeptical about going back into braces. Since this was my second round, I wanted something fast and affordable. I met with Dr. Patel and he was fantastic! He gave me different options, he was very detailed and he answered all my questions.

Karem M.

Dr. Patel is a gem of a person. My daughter is getting braces dine and dr. and staff make sure my daughter is comfortable with the treatment. Dr. Patel explains entire process patiently and gives time to answer any question we may have. Our experience is great and I strongly refer Dr. Patel for yours or your kid's orthodontics needs...

Dipal G.

Highly recommend Milton Dental Specialists!! They were so sweet to my daughter and took extra time and effort to make her enjoy her experience and be comfortable! As a parent this is much appreciated! My daughter left smiling and excited to have her teeth cleaned. Thank you Dr. Chong and Renal!

Natalie M.

An inviting waiting room with the front desk staff greeting me with a smile. Staff was very educated answering as many questions as possible since it was my first consultation for orthodontic help. Dr. Patel was VERY personable giving me all of the options for a plan of action the crowding of my teeth, and gave me all the information (time length, issues to be concerned with, financial differences) to help me choose the best plan for me. His details helped me to feel very comfortable with having to get braces as a female post 25+ years. I definitely recommend him as an orthodontist in the Milton/ North Atlanta area if you are looking for one. Best thing is that the first consultation was absolutely free!

Arti D.

Wow!!! What a great experience with Dr. Chong and Patel and their team at MDS. I was hesistant to send my kids to anyone but Dr. Chong just made my youngest feel so at ease that I knew this was the right place . And I’m now considering seeing Dr. Patel to finally get my teeth straightened after years of being apprehensive about my apprearance . Thanks to everyone at MDS

Jagdeep S.

Very happy with Milton Dental Specialists. Having a dentist and orthodontist in one location makes dental exams easy while wearing braces. They have great hours and are very accommodating for kids in school who don’t want to miss school for orthodontic or dental work. Very happy with both the dentist and orthodontist.

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