Preventing Tooth Decay with Sealants
What are dental sealants and how can they help your children to see fewer cavities? We’re going to take a closer look at the process of sealing teeth and explain why this is so important. Your children’s smiles will thank you.
What Are Dental Sealants?
The tooth is covered by a natural protective enamel. When this enamel wears through, cavities can occur. A sealant is a clear coating that is applied over the enamel on the chewing surfaces, where decay often takes place first. This adds a second protective layer to the tooth. Bacteria and plaque would have to wear through the sealant just to get to the enamel and then through that as well to damage the tooth.
Does Your Child Really Need Sealants?
If your kids are good about brushing and flossing every day, you may wonder if sealants are really worth the additional expense. However, the chewing surfaces of our teeth are pitted, and that makes them tough to keep clean. The sealant helps to ensure that even if a little plaque or some food particles escape the brushing process now and then, they can absorb the damage instead of the enamel itself. The back teeth are especially prone to issues if not sealed.
How Does It Work?
Applying the sealant is a fast process. The teeth are cleaned, and then the sealant is applied to the chewing surfaces. Light is used to cause the sealant to harden faster. This ensures the bond holds and the teeth are protected. Sealants can last for years and help to keep teeth cavity-free.
A Focus on Prevention Is Our Philosophy
At BRSH+FLSS, we’d rather seal a child’s teeth than have to do restorative work later. Helping parents to instill good dental care habits combined with using modern techniques like sealing teeth are just some of the ways we implement our prevention-first policy. Learn more by calling 619-741-1500, and schedule appointments for your kids today.