Tooth sealants are a powerful tool in fighting tooth decay. At West Broadway Dental, families from throughout the Paterson, New Jersey, area bring their children in for dental sealants. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kids without dental sealants have nearly three times as many cavities as do those who’ve received sealants. To learn more, reach out to West Broadway Dental or schedule an appointment online.
Dental sealants are a thin protective coating of plastic that is applied to the chewing surfaces of your molars. They are clear, and are nearly undetectable to the eye. Your child’s dentist can see through the sealants, allowing for visual inspections of the surface of the teeth during routine dental examinations.
Dental sealants have no known side effects, and getting sealants is a safe and effective preventive treatment. They can even be placed over a filling to prevent additional decay or damage to that tooth.
The process for getting sealants is simple. Your teeth are cleaned and dried before a special solution is applied to create roughness on the surface of the teeth.
Next, the tooth is rinsed and dried. The sealant material is carefully painted onto the surface of the prepared teeth. The material dries in just seconds, leaving the treated teeth protected from decay for years to come.
The flat chewing surface of your molars have small uneven pits and crevices. Food particles can become stuck in those roughly-textured areas, which invite bacteria to multiply.
Left in place, that bacteria can eat away at tooth enamel, eventually creating tiny holes or cavities. Decay moves swiftly once the structural integrity of a tooth is compromised, which is why routine dental examinations are so important.
Dental sealants work by covering the rough areas of your molars with a thin layer of plastic. That layer wears away over time, but will last for years while a child perfects his or her dental hygiene habits.
Ideally, dental sealants are placed as soon as your child’s permanent molars come in. That approach provides protection from decay from the very beginning.
Dental sealants can prevent cavities from forming in your child’s molars. That means fewer unpleasant trips to the dentist and reduced dental care costs for parents.
Sealants are not just for young children. Teens can also benefit, as they may still struggle with maintaining vigilance in dental hygiene efforts. Even adults can have sealants applied to prevent decay on the chewing surface of their molars.
To learn more about dental sealants and other exciting dental innovations, schedule a consultation with West Broadway Dental in Paterson, New Jersey, today.