As parents, we all want our children to have a healthy smile. Sealants can protect teeth from decay by smoothing out natural pits and fissures in teeth. They help protect teeth from damaging plaque and acids.
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. Applying sealants is 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
The food particles that can attach to unsealed molars are difficult to remove 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 dentist, Dr. Jonathan Konz, can determine to what extent pits and fissures exist in your child’s molars and determine the best treatment for prevention of decay. Feel free to call Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry at 703-542-7000 in Ashburn, Virginia.