You naturally want the best for your child, and that includes the best possible dental health. To help protect your little one’s smile, our pediatric dentists offer dental sealants at Value Dental Centers in Goodyear, AZ. Sealants are a liquid plastic coating that will harden over teeth. They will then fill in deep grooves in molars to keep food and bacteria from accumulating inside. Sealants are very effective, and they can dramatically improve your child’s oral health for life. Therefore, we offer a Free Sealants Program for children under age 11. In this way, we can provide you with peace of mind and your child with a healthy, gorgeous smile.
Who Should Receive Dental Sealants?
In most cases, sealants are considered a pediatric treatment. We will typically place sealants twice when each of the two sets of molars erupts. However, in some cases, adults and younger children may benefit from sealants, especially if they have very deep grooves in their back teeth.
How Dental Sealants Work
Molars have hidden fissures in the top chewing surfaces. Often, these grooves can be narrower than a single toothbrush bristle. Therefore, it is easy for bacteria and food to build up inside. Once placed over teeth, sealants will harden and fill in these areas. The plastic coating will also create an additional protective layer over the dental enamel.
We will typically place fillings after a thorough cleaning. Then your pediatric dentist will place a cotton barrier around the teeth to keep them dry during treatment. Next, he or she will roughen the surface of the teeth with a gentle chemical solution. This will increase the surface area, making it easier for the sealant to adhere. After replacing the cotton with new, clean material, your children’s dentist will paint a liquid plastic coating over each tooth. He or she will harden the sealants with a curing light. As the material dries, it will create a virtually impenetrable barrier over molars. Once fully dry, sealants will be clear or tooth-colored, so they will not affect the appearance of your child’s smile.
After Dental Sealants Placement
Sealants can last up to 10 years, and they can dramatically reduce your child’s risk for dental decay. At the same time, however, you cannot rely solely on sealants to protect his or her smile. Appropriate dental maintenance is also vital. Be sure that your child brushes and flosses daily, especially after meals and before bed. You should also schedule routine exams and cleanings for your little one. At these visits, we can remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Only a pediatric dentist or hygienist can fully eradicate these harmful substances, which will eventually create cavities. Additionally, your dentist can check for the early signs of decay, and monitor your child’s sealants. Then we can replace worn sealants, though this is rarely needed.
Why Are Dental Sealants Important?
As mentioned above, dental sealants are very effective in preventing tooth decay. At the same time, they will not only protect your child’s current dental health. Cavities are a recurring problem. Children with compromised oral wellness are far more likely to have chronic decay as adults. Therefore, by stopping cavities now, sealants can also ensure your child’s future health.
Contact Us to Learn More
To learn more about sealants and to find out if your child qualifies for our Free Sealants Program, contact Value Dental Centers Goodyear today.