Caring for your teeth with regular brushing and flossing is an effective way to ward off cavities, but it can be difficult to reach some teeth — particularly in the back of the mouth. Dental sealants provide patients with the ability to better protect against decay. These sealants are a very thin, protective coating made of special dental materials, and can be used to protect the chewing surface of molars from tooth decay.
How Does Dental Sealant Work?
When we eat and drink, certain acids are created in the mouth. These acids eat away at tooth enamel, eventually leading to cavities that must be filled, or more serious problems. Sealants protect the surface of the teeth by providing an added layer of protection. The process of having a sealant applied takes only minutes and is completely painless. A gel is applied to the tooth being treated that makes the surface of the tooth slightly rough, allowing the sealant to bond after application. The gel is then rinsed off, and the sis ealant applied and hardened with a special light.
Dental Sealants for Children
Sealants are a great advance in dental care, and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reports that children without sealants have almost three times more cavities. Protecting your child’s teeth and avoiding cavities is always important, and we advise that school-aged children get dental sealants for this purpose. Used in conjunction with fluoride treatment, your child’s teeth have far more protected against decay. The National Institute of Health (NIH) recommends that children have dental sealants applied to their molars as soon as they come in. Your child’s baby teeth, when they have pits or grooves, can be protected against decay with the use of dental sealants.
Preventing Tooth Decay with Dental Sealants
Rather than having your children face having dental treatment to resolve cavities, you can give them a higher level of protection against developing tooth decay by getting dental sealants applied to their molars. These teeth are far more prone to decay, as food is chewed by the back teeth and bits of food materials become stuck on and between them.
Talk to Us About Dental Sealants
We can discuss your child’s options, including fluoride treatments and dental sealants. At A New Smile Dental Group, we treat the entire family, from the youngest on up. We can advise you about ways to help your children avoid tooth decay, and we do everything possible to help them establish good habits early in life — and to make visiting the dentist a positive experience. Call today for an appointment at one of our three convenient locations.