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3 Advantages of Dental Sealants for Children

3 Advantages of Dental Sealants for Children

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dental sealants dentist holland miDental sealants are a clear coating that Dr. Habecker paints onto the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth. He may recommend this treatment if your child is prone to getting cavities or if your child has deep grooves and divots in the back teeth that collect plaque.

Here are some of the top advantages of tooth sealants for children. We’ll also explain how our family dentist can help your child in the fight against cavities.

1. Prevent Plaque and Tartar Buildup

Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s why it’s important that you invest in the appropriate preventive dental care for your child.

During your child’s next appointment, we’ll examine the inside of their mouth and take dental X-rays. This will allow us to catch minor oral health issues before they have the opportunity to worsen.

For example, Dr. Habecker may recommend dental sealants if your child has a lot of plaque and tartar buildup on their back teeth. If left untreated, plaque and tartar can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Plaque is an invisible bacteria that lives inside your child’s mouth, sticking to their teeth and gums. After your child eats, the bacteria eat any sugar left behind and produce an acid that attacks the gums and enamel.

The good news is that it’s easy to remove plaque buildup at home. But we can’t say the same once this plaque hardens into tartar. At that point, only a dental professional will be able to remove tartar buildup during your child’s next teeth cleaning appointment.

2. Avoid Dental Emergencies

There’s never a good time for a toothache. That’s why Dr. Habecker and his team do everything in their power to make sure your child never experiences such dental pain.

Once a tooth starts to decay, we’ll have to restore it with either a filling or a dental crown. The type of procedure we recommend will depend on the extent of the decay.

While fillings are used to restore teeth with small cavities, dental crowns are used to restore teeth with large cavities.

3. Build a Solid Foundation for Good Oral Health

Dental sealants help prevent cavities by sealing any grooves or divots on the chewing surfaces of their back teeth.

But it’s important that your child also practices good oral hygiene at home. This includes brushing their teeth twice a day for at least two minutes at a time. Your child should also be flossing once a day to remove any plaque or food particles that could be hiding between teeth.

The combination of good oral hygiene and dental sealants will help your child stay cavity-free.

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Dr. Brenton Habecker is a trusted family dentist in Holland, MI. As such, he and his team would be more than happy to help your child maintain a healthy smile for life! To schedule an appointment, please feel free to call Macatawa Smiles at (616) 396-7524. We hope we hear from you soon!


Dear Patient Family,

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us. Many of you have been forced to wait for dental care and we appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to follow orders from the Governor's Office.

We are happy to say that we are opening our office for all patient treatment on June 1st, 2020. Our hours of operation will go back to normal, Monday-Thursday 8am - 5pm. We want you to know that there will be some changes at your next appointment. Please be patient with us as our protocols will inevitably change as new guidelines are released.

  • We ask that you use our parking lot as the waiting room.
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  • We will be asking you some questions when you arrive at the office and we will also be taking your temperature.
  • We will not be able to offer magazines, drinks, or toys at this time as they cannot be disinfected to our standards. Eventually this will change and we will be happy to offer our amenities once again.

These changes have been made to adhere to the latest CDC guidelines and for the benefit of our patients and our staff. We want you to know that our office has always taken the safety of our patients very seriously and that we will continue to follow the highest levels of sterilization and disinfection to keep you protected. If you would like more information on what measures we have taken we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

We cannot say how excited we are to see all of our patients again and to provide for their dental needs. We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces soon!

Dr. Habecker and Team