Kids are really pretty resilient. Things like scuffed knees and stubbed toes are par for the course. But kids are also pretty vulnerable. Kids’ teeth, for example, are much more prone to cavities than adults’ teeth. Teaching kids to brush and floss properly is essential, but sometimes additional protection is needed. Dental sealants can provide that protection.
Molars and premolars have many grooves and depressions that can be difficult to clean with normal brushing, and plaque can build up. Dental sealants are used to protect tooth enamel from decay if it is in a hard-to-reach place. They are thin plastic coatings painted directly onto the chewing surface. Children whose permanent teeth have come in are great candidates for treatment, since the ensuing few years see them especially prone to cavities. Baby teeth can also be treated if pits are fissures are particularly dramatic.
Children tend to not enjoy dental procedures, so fortunately the application of dental sealants is a simple and painless process. It can be done quickly in one visit. The teeth are cleaned and prepared, and then the sealant is painted directly to the tooth, where it bonds and hardens. The material is strong and durable, and withstands normal chewing behavior. Sealants can last up to 10 years, and can be replaced as needed if they become chipped or worn.
Dental sealants are one great way to protect your child’s teeth. Please call New Image Dental Group if you want to know more about them or wish to make an appointment with Dr. Jonathan Hwang.