Protecting against cavities just got a little bit easier thanks to dental sealants.
Making sure your child gets proper dental care early on is a surefire way to help them maintain a healthy smile. Of course, parents also set an example not only by maintaining good oral health themselves but also making sure to brush and floss their child’s teeth and gums every day to ward away cavities. Of course, our Pleasant Hill, CA, family dentists also offer a simple solution that could protect those back teeth from cavities.
Why are dental sealants important?
Decay is one of the most common chronic diseases in children; fortunately, our Pleasant Hill, CA, family dentists offer a variety of preventive measures to protect your child from cavities. While brushing and flossing, and eating a healthy diet, are certainly the best ways to protect your child’s smile in the long run, dental sealants also provide additional protection from cavities.
Back teeth are more susceptible to cavities because of all the ridges and indentations found on the chewing surfaces of the tooth, making them harder to keep clean. And while we would love to believe that your child is a thorough brusher and flosser, it’s still possible that some food may be left behind even after brushing.
As a result, this can lead to plaque and tartar buildup and the development of a cavity; however, dental sealants can be painted onto the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars to seal up these ridges and to prevent food and bacteria from getting trapped.
How are dental sealants placed?
Sealants are thin plastic coatings that are either clear or tooth-colored, so they aren’t visible when smiling. Getting sealants is a quick, non-invasive, and completely painless process. In fact, many kids can get sealants on the same day as a dental cleaning so they don’t have to come in for an additional dental visit.
After your child’s teeth are cleaned we will apply a solution over the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This solution etches the surface of the enamel, making it rough enough for the sealant to stay in place once it’s applied. The solution is rinsed off and the tooth is dried. Then the sealant is painted over the chewing surfaces of the molars and hardened into place with a special light. Sealing one tooth can take as little as 5 or 6 minutes.
Do you want to find out how your child could benefit from getting dental sealants from our Pleasant Hill, CA, family dentists? Then call our office today to schedule a consultation with us. Let us know that you are interested in dental sealants.