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By Michael E. Huguet DDS
May 21, 2019
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: sealants  

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 children teethan 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.

By Michael E Huguet DDS
August 23, 2012
Category: Dental Procedures

Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could put up a protective shield to guard your children's teeth from decay? Think of the time and money you would save, not to mention the pain your children would avoid. Well, it turns out that you can put up such a protective shield — or at least, we, your dental professionals, can.

The natural protective mineral coating (the enamel) of a child's new teeth is more permeable to the acids that dissolve minerals and cause decay, so the new teeth are more vulnerable to tooth decay than mature teeth are. As a tooth's enamel matures it becomes more resistant and stronger. Thus it is important to protect the surfaces of the new teeth when they erupt (grow up through the child's gums).

The back teeth, particularly, often erupt with deep grooves in them. The backs of the top front teeth may also have such grooves, which dentists call “pits and fissures.” When the grooves are deep, they are hard to keep clean. Toothbrush bristles may not be able to reach to the bottoms of the grooves; and bacteria may gather in them, releasing acid byproducts that dissolve tooth enamel and start forming decay.

Dental sealants are among the preventive options we have in the war against decay in your child's new teeth. Regular tooth brushing and flossing, regular dental visits, application of fluoride, and low sugar consumption are also important in decay prevention techniques.

Sealants are protective coatings placed in the tiny pits and fissures to seal them off from bacterial attack. Some dentists routinely seal all permanent molar teeth and many primary (baby) molar teeth soon after they erupt.

Some dentists use sealants only when an examination shows that decay is just starting or very likely to start in a particular tooth. In such cases a minimal amount of tooth enamel is removed to eliminate any decay, and a mini-resin, invisible filling is applied.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about dental sealants for your children. You can learn more about them by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sealants for Children.”

By Michael E Huguet DDS
January 13, 2012
Category: Oral Health
Tags: celebrity smiles   diabetes   sealants  

As the youngest person ever to host Entertainment Tonight, Maria Menounos, an independent filmmaker, actress, and co-host of daily entertainment news program Extra, has made a huge splash in the world of entertainment journalism. However, she is also an avid ambassador for the American Diabetes Association, a cause that is very dear to her heart because her father is a diabetic.

Her father's illness taught Menounos and her family about the importance of maintaining good general and dental health. This included a diet packed with fruits and vegetables, many of which they raised themselves. According to Menounos, they also ate little-to-no junk food. These habits still help keep the busy celebrity journalist fit and smiling with beautiful, healthy teeth.

Speaking of her smile, Menounos openly discusses her oral health in her interview with Dear Doctor magazine. She has had no major dental enhancements — not even braces — but does occasionally brighten her smile with tooth whitening. She also feels that her teeth are healthy due to the sealants she had as a child.

We could not agree more with Maria! Sealants for the tiny grooves in teeth known as “pits and fissures” are something that every parent or caregiver should consider for their children. The enamel of newly erupted teeth is more permeable, meaning that the acids produced by bacteria in the mouth can damage these teeth more easily, making them more susceptible and less resistant to decay. The good news is that dental sealants help protect teeth until the enamel has matured. Because of sealants — along with fluoride, good hygiene, and better nutrition (including less sugar consumption), tooth decay has been dramatically reduced.

If you are interested in learning more about dental sealants, contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination. During this private consultation, we will also discuss any questions you have as well as what treatment options will be best for you or your children. However, to learn more about dental sealants now, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sealants for Children.” And to read the entire interview with Maria Menounos, please see the Dear Doctor magazine article “Maria Menounos.”