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Sealants For Kids
We want your permanent teeth to last throughout your long life. Too often teeth become damaged from disease and decay. Most adults know the steps that need to be taken to take care of our teeth, but kids are still learning the steps and preventive steps to take to have a healthy mouth. At Smile Shoppe Pediatric Dentistry, we have set up a course of preventive steps that can help you have a healthier smile longer, including the placement of dental sealants.
Studies have shown that a higher percentage of cavities and decay occur in younger patients. If we can provide a way to protect your children’s teeth from damage, we can help them have stronger, healthier teeth longer. The application of dental sealants can provide this layer of protection to give their teeth the barrier they need to protect them from decay.
Sealants provide a layer of protection to vastly reduce the incidence of decay and help protect your child’s smile from pathogens, tooth decay, and cavities.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are a thin resin based liquid that we literally paint onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth. We place them in areas that seem easy to miss debris when brushing, and fill in thin cracks and spaces where food can become lodged and difficult, if not impossible, to remove. These spots are referred to as fissures in the back teeth, or cingulum pits in the front teeth. Sealants are sometimes referred to as pits and fissure sealants.
Placing dental sealants is a painless procedure. We begin with simply cleaning the teeth thoroughly, ensuring that the area is free of decay causing bacteria. We will apply an acid wash to the tooth, this wash roughens the texture of the tooth just slightly, this will help the sealant adhere better to the tooth. The sealant is then painted onto the tooth with a small brush. We will use a blue light to dry and harden the sealant in place. The entire process is completed in one office visit with no discomfort to the patient. Once placed, the dental sealant should remain for approximately ten years, though we will check the status of the sealant with each dentist checkup and can reapply when needed.
Who Is a Candidate for Sealants?
Following the guidelines of the Dental Association and general Pediatric Medicine, the best time to have sealants placed is when the child’s permanent molars first erupt. This is generally between the ages of 6-9. Your child’s dental sealants will serve as a protective layer or barrier between the tooth and bacteria, shielding the tooth from decay. Studies have indicated that sealants reduce the likelihood of developing cavities up to eighty percent when they are first applied. For the next four years, they are shown to reduce cavities up to sixty percent.
Besides children, dental sealants can be beneficial to our adult patients as well. Patients who have displayed a higher chance of developing decay or have more problems with their teeth may find that sealants can be the answer. We are happy to discuss the placement of sealant with any of our patients.
The Benefits of Dental Sealants
Call Us Today!
We are happy to show you the difference dental sealants can make, call us today at 470-876-8883 to schedule an appointment.