When your children brush and floss, they often have trouble reaching the back teeth. This means a higher risk of tooth decay with time. Fortunately, we have a treatment option that could reduce the risk of tooth decay by up to 80%! In today’s blog, your Shirley, NY, pediatric dentist and orthodontist talks about the benefits of dental sealants.
The Dangers of Tooth Decay
Cavities can form in little smiles due to factors like a diet high in sugar and starch, and improper brushing and flossing habits. Without treatment, these cavities could grow in severity and then risk the onset of dental infection. Which in turns means a higher chance of tooth loss and dental misalignment. We want to help your kids avoid these impacts on their oral health, as well as the toothaches and tooth sensitivity that accompany them. Which is why we offer a unique preventive treatment designed to safeguard the teeth, particularly the ones hardest to reach when your kids brush and floss!
The molars at the rear of your mouth are hard for kids to reach, which means food particles can remain stuck on or between them. As bacteria consume these particles, this creates plaque buildup, which weakens the enamel and makes cavities possible. But with dental sealants, we can cover these teeth in a special acrylic coating. The material prevents food particles from becoming stuck between the teeth or from clinging to the surfaces of them. The application process involves our team cleaning the teeth and then applying an acidic gel to etch the surface and allow the material to better cling to the teeth as it hardens. We then remove the acidic gel and apply the sealants. The process takes minutes, and kids just need to avoid food and drinks for about a half hour afterward.
Protecting Little Smiles
The layers prevent food and drink particles from attaching to the teeth. Dental sealants can stay in place for up to ten years, wearing away gradually and clinging the longest to the more vulnerable portions of the smile. We can reapply as needed, to let them wear away. By the time they do, your child can likely brush and floss the rear teeth more effectively. If you have any questions about how we apply dental sealants, or about any of our other preventive treatments, such as fluoride, then contact our team today to learn more.
Your Shirley, NY, Orthodontist and Pediatric Dentist Offers Dental Sealants
Our team would like to help your children enjoy strong and healthy smiles, and avoid toothaches. To learn more about avoiding the onset of tooth decay with our preventive treatment options, then contact Shirley Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry in Shirley, NY, by calling (631) 399-1600.