Is your child struggling to clean those hard to reach areas of their smile? Are you worried their back teeth will be more susceptible to decay and cavities? If so, the team at Village Pediatric Dentistry has a solution that can help! With dental sealants, you and your child can rest easy knowing their molars and premolars are better protected against bad bacteria and food particles that can easily creep into the nooks and crannies of their teeth. To learn more about this quick and easy process, contact our office or schedule an appointment today!
Dental sealants are a preventive treatment many pediatric dentists offer to young children to help protect against harmful bacteria and food particles. The chewing surfaces of a child’s back teeth (molars and premolars) tend to be most vulnerable because of the number of pits and grooves found in these teeth. Because children often have a hard time thoroughly cleaning this area of their mouth because of their novice oral hygiene skills, it is easy for bacteria and other dangerous toxins to burrow into these tiny crevices and wreak havoc on their smile.
Fortunately, the clear plastic that makes dental sealants can be applied to their teeth and serve as a barrier against anything that might cause tooth decay or cavities.
The dental sealant application is one that is easy and quick to perform. Not to mention, it is completely painless. During a regular dental checkup and cleaning, our team can offer this method of treatment without requiring you to schedule an additional visit.
To start, we will make sure your child’s teeth are thoroughly cleaned and dried. After applying a special solution that will roughen the particular teeth that will receive the sealants, we will rinse their mouth and dry it once more.
Finally, we will apply a thin layer of clear dental plastic to the chewing surfaces of their molars and premolars. Using a curing light, we will harden the plastic into place, creating an effective barrier between the enamel and bad bacteria.
As a parent, you naturally want to do everything you can to safeguard your child’s teeth and oral health in general. Apart from the benefits that come with practicing good oral habits at home and maintaining regular dental checkups and cleanings, choosing to have dental sealants placed on your child’s back teeth will be one more way you are better protecting their smile.
Some of the benefits you can expect with dental sealants include: