Over the past decade awareness of dental sealants have increased, but parents still need to be educated about the importance of the procedure in order to improve their child’s oral health. Your dentist or dental hygienist will be able to answer all the questions about dental sealants and the procedure in general. In spite of that, you need to be well informed, in order to be able to protect your child’s teeth from further tooth decay.
Dental Sealant acts as a barrier, which protects tooth’s occlusal surface from bacteria and food particles. This appliance prevents tooth decay and cavity formation. Nevertheless, comprehensive dental care, regular brushing, flossing, doing fluoride treatments and eating healthy is still necessary to maintain good oral health. Sealants just provide extra protection to all grooved areas and small fissures.
The best choice to put dental sealants is as soon as the permanent tooth erupts. This would happen when your child would be around age 6. The number of teeth which should be sealed depends on your child’s prevalence to tooth decay and your dentist recommendations.
Dental Sealants should be applied by your dentist or trained dental hygienist. During the procedure, teeth will be properly examined and cleaned. When the tooth will be completely dried, the material would be placed on the tooth’s biting surface and hardened by special light. The procedure is usually painless and fast.
Dental Sealants are usually used for children, but it can be suitable for adults also. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Dental sealants can cut down cavities by 86%!
If you think your child might be a great candidate for sealants, give us a call at First Class Dental to schedule your appointment: (661) 383-2888.