Cavities are preventable when you mix a healthy diet, regular brushing and flossing and frequent visits to the dentist together. Dental sealants can reduce the risk even more. In fact studies have shown that dental sealants can reduce the risk of tooth decay in school age children by as much as 70%.
For kids and teens, tooth decay usually starts in the grooves of back teeth. We use a thin plastic coating, known as a dental sealant to the trouble spots. These sealants act as a barrier between the chewing surfaces of the teeth and therefore block pieces of food and germs from causing decay.
The permanent molars start to erupt around the age of 12. We recommend applying sealants as soon as possible after the molars are in. That way decay does not stand a chance of developing.
Sealants are very thin and will not have any effect what so ever on your child’s chewing or speech. They do not take a lot of time to apply and they can last up to 10 years.
Dental sealants are a comfortable, cost saving way to prevent tooth decay from ever become a problem in the first place.
Placing sealants is a very quick, easy, painless dental procedure. When you take in the factor that they help prevent the need for drilling and filling, sealants are a good investment.
We begin the procedure by placing a brush in the dental drill. This carefully cleans the grooves of the teeth. Sometimes it is necessary to use the air-abrasion in order to properly clean the teeth.
We then apply an “etching” gel over the places where the sealants will go. This roughens up the area which helps the sealant bond to the teeth. The sealant is then pained on and then hardens and bonds with the teeth.