Sealants Can Help Prevent Cavities

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Teaching our children to brush and floss is always important for good oral health. Did you know that having sealants applied to your child’s molars can protect teeth from decay by smoothing out natural pits and fissures in teeth? They help protect teeth from plaque and acids that can cause dental problems down the road.

Early Application
We recommend applying sealants soon after the permanent molars arrive. The first permanent molars generally erupt between 5 and 7 years and the second permanent molars between 11 and 12 years. Sealants are applied using a quick and painless procedure and can protect your child’s teeth from natural wear as well as decay. The tooth is polished to remove food debris and plaque. Then the tooth is isolated and dried. Finally, the dental sealant material is painted on with a brush and a self-curing light is used to bond the sealant to the surface.

Avoids Plaque Buildup
If molars are left unprotected, food particles are able to attach to the surface of the tooth and it is difficult to remove them from the pits and fissures through brushing alone. These particles cause a buildup of plaque to occur, causing a variety of dental health issues including cavities, damaged tooth enamel and gingivitis. Gingivitis is an early type of gum disease that can lead to periodontal disease, which breaks down the gum tissue and bone.

Our pediatric dentistss, Drs. Hunter and Coe, can determine to what extent pits and fissures exist in your child’s molars and advise you about the best treatment plan for your child. If you would like to schedule an appointment for an evaluation, please call Allen Pediatric Dentistry at 972-535-8169 in Allen, Texas.