Friday, May 26, 2017

Defeating Decay with Sealants

Defeating Decay with Sealants

Dental sealants are commonly used in children to reduce cavities in permanent teeth. Bonded to tooth surfaces, these clear or white plastic coatings safely and effectively prevent tooth decay.

Most decay starts in narrow pits and grooves on the biting surfaces of teeth toward the back of the mouth, spaces that are hard to clean with a toothbrush. Within those pits and grooves, bacteria from plaque produce acid, leading to tooth decay.

Sealants work very simply and effectively to fill the grooves. Applying the sealant is a painless, comfortable process that doesn’t require injections or drilling, and takes just a few minutes.

Our clinical team at KiDDS Dental will clean and dry your child’s teeth; then a thin layer of a plastic liquid is applied into the groove or pit of the tooth. The liquid hardens into a strong layer that protects the tooth and prevents decay. Permanent teeth in the back of the mouth tend to be at a higher risk of tooth decay, making them a priority for sealant application. Some children benefit from sealants on their baby teeth, too.

Sealants are only one part of a healthy program of dental hygiene. We can show you and your child the right way to clean his or her teeth. In addition, use the following tips to help your family:
  • Avoid giving your child sugary foods and drinks.
  • Provide your child with a balanced, nutritious diet.
  • Offer water after meals.
  • Make sure your child has regular dental checkups.
  • Brush your child’s teeth twice daily.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste for children ages 2 and older.

At your child’s next appointment at KiDDS Dental, Dr. Jared can discuss how sealants can help prevent cavities in his or her teeth. With sealants and good preventive care at home, your child can enjoy a healthy, cavity-free mouth for years to come.

If you have questions about sealants, click here to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jared. Or give us a call at (509)-891-7070.

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