Brushing and flossing are important steps to clean and protect your teeth. Your doctor also has a simple and easy way to protect your teeth from decay and cavities, dental sealants. Dental sealants are clear sealers applied to the chewing portion of your molars. Since the back teeth (molars) take the brunt of force while chewing they are more susceptible to chips, cracks, and decay. Dental sealants add an extra layer of protection to keep your child’s teeth healthy.
Dental Sealants and Children
Molars are very uneven and it is hard to get all the food debris out of the nooks and crannies even with regular brushing and flossing. This leftover debris can harbor bacteria which forms a sticky substance called plaque. The plaque sticks to the teeth and the acid formed by the bacteria eats away at the precious enamel of your child’s teeth. This can cause cavities and tooth decay.
Dental sealants are an easy way to protect your child’s teeth. They are made from plastic or another type of dental material and are clear and easy to apply. Your doctor simply applies the sealant to the teeth, lets it dry, and then your child’s teeth are protected. A recent paper released by the Center for Disease Control states children who receive sealants have three times as few cavities as children without sealants. Another study showed sealants can reduce the risk of cavities and tooth decay by 80 percent in school age children.
How Sealants Work
The doctor she will apply a special acid which roughs up on the top layer of your teeth so the sealant can bond to it. She then rinses your teeth, applies the sealant, and exposes it to a special blue light. This light hardens the sealant and protects the teeth. Once the sealant is in place it protects all the nooks and crannies of your molars from damage. You can even have sealant applied over a cavity to prevent further damage. Sealants can also be used where minor tooth decay occurs to stop further decay and protect the teeth.
When to Apply Sealants
Everyone can benefit from the application of sealants, both children and adults. Most children get their first molars around the age of six. As soon as the molars appear it is time to apply the sealant. By applying it early you take the first step in protecting your child’s teeth and ensuring their good oral health. Sealants are safe for children and for adults.
Call or contact us today and ask about protecting your child’s teeth with sealants. They are a safe, easy way to help give your child the best smile possible.