Dental sealants act as a fast and easy way of protecting your child’s oral health. Sealants act as a barrier that helps to prevent harmful bacteria from reaching cavity-prone areas of your child’s mouth. Typically, dental sealants are applied to the chewing surface of a child’s back molars, and are used to cover the deep grooves and pits that have developed on the surface of a child’s teeth in order to prevent bacteria form pooling in these areas.
Regardless of whether your child has developed his permanent teeth or has a mouth full of baby teeth, dental sealants can still provide an immense benefit to his long-term oral health.
Hard to Reach Areas
While brushing and flossing remain the best practices for enjoying strong teeth and healthy gums, the toothbrush occasionally fails to adequately clean all areas of the mouth.
Run your tongue along the tops and sides of your teeth, and you can feel all of the nooks, crannies and crevices that can harbor food particles and bacteria if not properly cleaned. In many instances, the bristles of a toothbrush simply cannot reach down into these depressions and extract the bacteria and food particles that remain stuck inside.
Plaque uses these substances as fuel to produce acids that slowly erode away at a tooth’s thick outer layer called enamel. Overtime, the damage caused by plaque acids begins to cause tooth decay and cavities to form. In extreme instances, bouts of decay can become so severe that a tooth needs to be extracted. This can cause long-term problems with the development of a child’s oral health. Dental sealants help to protect these vulnerable areas of your child’s teeth by “sealing out” food and plaque.
About Dental Sealants
Applying dental sealants to your child’s teeth is an easy procedure for both Drs. G and Mo and for the patients. The sealant is applied directly onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds and hardens to the tooth. A safe and flavorless plastic resin, the sealant bonds into the grooves and depressions of your child’s treated teeth.
The sealant serves as a barrier that protects the enamel from acids produced by plaque. For the duration a sealant remains intact, the surface of any covered tooth will be protected from the effects of decay. The materials used to make sealants are incredibly durable, and hold up very well under the force generated by normal chewing. In most cases, sealants can last for several years before a new coat needs to be applied. During your child’s regular dental checkups, Drs. Mo and G will periodically check on the condition of any existing sealants to make sure they are functioning properly and alert you when they need reapplying.
Because many children don’t take their oral health seriously enough at a younger age, the likelihood of decay and cavities is much higher earlier on in life. With the use of dental sealants, however, parents can help reduce their child’s risk of suffering long-term oral health damage, so she enjoy a lifetime of strong teeth and healthy gums.
Ask Dr. Mo or G about whether dental sealants are right for your child during his or her next appointment.