You want your child to enjoy an active, happy lifestyle free of the worry of dental problems that can slow them down. The best way you can achieve this is by ensuring that your child receives preventive dental care like routine cleanings, exams, and dental sealants to protect their teeth.
What Are Dental Sealants?
A sealant is a plastic material we apply to the surfaces of teeth like molars that have rough surfaces that make them more prone to cavities. Since these teeth are further back in the mouth, they can be difficult to clean thoroughly, and the grooves attract food particles and bacteria.
When a tooth is coated with a dental sealant, a barrier is created that prevents food particles and bacteria from coming into direct contact with the tooth.
Are Sealants Effective?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that sealants reduce the risk of decay by as much as 80%, and children who don’t get sealants are at three times the risk for cavities than those with sealants!
Who Should Get Sealants?
First molars usually appear around age six and second molars at age 12. The sooner these teeth are sealed, the better defense your child will have against cavities. Sealants can also be an appropriate treatment for adult teeth with no previous dental work.
What’s the Process for Applying Sealants?
The process for applying sealants to your child’s teeth is easy; the teeth are cleaned thoroughly and dried, then a material is applied to the tooth to roughen its surface for better adhesion. The coating of plastic is then floated onto the tooth, filling in uneven surfaces and sealing out cavities.
Should Your Child Get Sealants?
Children’s dentistry at our Washington, PA dental office includes preventive treatments like dental sealants. We will be happy to arrange an appointment for Dr. Robert Pruce to meet your child, discuss their oral health needs with you, and determine if sealants would be beneficial