Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth producing acidic conditions while interacting with the food we eat. Brushing and flossing regularly help keep the surfaces of teeth free of bacteria and food buildup and prevent decay. However, even with regular home dental hygiene, it can be difficult to keep teeth entirely clean. The uneven, pitted chewing surfaces of the molars can be particularly difficult to keep clean. This is where dental sealants enter the picture.
Dental sealants are a great option for preventing decay in your child's permanent molars. Sealants are thin, durable coatings of a plastic material applied to the chewing surfaces of your child's molars, ideally soon after the emergence of the child's permanent molars. By filling in the pits and fissures of the molars, sealants keep these problem areas free of bacteria and food, in turn preventing decay. The sealants do not interfere with chewing or talking, and they aren't visually obtrusive either. Though your child may be able to feel the sealants with his or her tongue, he or she will quickly forget the sealants are there. This is a quick, simple, and unobtrusive way to help protect your child's teeth, and the sealants will stay in place for as long as five to ten years, preventing decay all the while. These sealants, along with good oral hygeine habits and regular checkups will help your child have healthy teeth into adulthood.
Contact our North Royalton Pediatric dental office today to schedule your child’s first dental appointment!