Tooth decay doesn't have to be an unavoidable part of childhood. In fact, it may be possible for your child to avoid cavities with sealants. Monroeville and Norwalk, OH, area dentist, Dr. George Trask of Monroeville Dental, helps children keep their teeth healthy with sealants and regular dental checkups.
What are sealants?
If you touch the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, you'll notice that they feel a little bumpy. The tiny pits and grooves on tooth surfaces make chewing food easier, but also provide a convenient place for cavity-causing plaque to collect. Brushing your teeth removes most of the plaque, but toothbrush bristles aren't small enough to fit into pits in teeth. Sealants fill in the pits and grooves, preventing plaque and food particles from collecting and reducing the risk of cavities in permanent teeth. They're made from a plastic-based resin that hardens quickly and is safe for your child.
Why do children need sealants?
Acids attack tooth enamel causing cavities. The acids are created when bacteria in plaque mixes with sugars in foods. If your tooth enamel is strong, you may be able to avoid cavities, even if your teeth are exposed to acids. Unfortunately, the enamel in newly erupted pre-molars and molars in children is often a little weak. Even minimal exposure to acids can result in cavities these new teeth. Sealants add a protective layer to teeth that prevents damage from acids.
Although cavities may seem like minor dental problems, they can increase the risk that your child will need more dental work in the future. It's much easier to prevent tooth decay from ever occurring.
Sealants are typically recommended for children when their permanent pre-molars and molars appear, but they can also help adults in Monroeville and Norwalk avoid tooth decay. Dental insurance often covers sealants for children, but may not offer coverage for adults.
What happens when my child receives sealants?
Liquid sealants are applied to your child's teeth with a brush or syringe, then hardened with a curing light. Sealants can last several years, but may wear away more quickly if your child tends to grind his or her teeth. If signs of wear are detected, sealants can be reapplied to the affected teeth.
Sealants help protect Monroeville and Norwalk, OH, children from tooth decay. Call your local dentist, Dr. Trask of Monroeville Dental, at (419) 546-0231 to schedule your child's appointment.