Did you know that dental sealants are one of the most powerful weapons in the fight against tooth decay? It’s true! In addition to brushing and flossing regularly, and fluoride supplements and treatments, dental sealants can help keep your child’s smile healthy and decay-free. Dr. Jintae Park at JP Dental Care in Reno, NV, offers a full range of preventive dental services, including dental sealants, to protect your child’s smile.
Dental sealants protect decay-prone areas of your child’s teeth that can’t be cleaned with regular brushing and flossing. The deep grooves and crevices which are a normal part of tooth anatomy are the perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that causes tooth decay. Bacteria multiply in these hard-to-reach areas, producing bacterial acid that causes tooth decay.
Dental sealants work by sealing up the deep grooves and crevices so food debris and bacteria simply slide off of the surface of your tooth. Sealant treatment is recommended on the first permanent molars when your child is between the ages of 5 and 7, and for the second permanent molars when your child is between the ages of 11 and 14.
There are many benefits to dental sealants from your dentist, making them one of the easiest, quickest, and least expensive ways to protect your child’s smile. Consider that dental sealants are:
- Painless, because they require no anesthetic and no drilling
- Quick, because each tooth takes only a few minutes
- Non-invasive, because no tooth structure is removed
- Beautiful, because they blend perfectly with your child’s teeth, making them virtually invisible
Treatment begins with the application of etching material, which prepares the tooth surface for the sealant. Then the sealant material is applied to the deep grooves and crevices. As a last step, the sealant material is hardened with a dental light.
Dental sealants can help your child enjoy healthy smiles for life! To find out more about the benefits of dental sealants, call your dentist at JP Dental Care in Reno, NV, today!