Many children imagine that they have a secret power. Superheroes may be able to fly or run about under a cloak of invisibility, but children, their unique ability is their smile. Did you know that most children smile about 400 times a day? Think about how many times you smile. According to studies, we adults do so only about 40 times a day. Not just because they smile more, but because their smiles are precious, children deserve care that preserves their smiles. Dental sealants are one way we can do this.
What Are Dental Sealants?
There are several ways that we use sealants today. We seal pipes and plumbing with caulking and special tape. Granite is sealed with special liquids. We could even describe car wax as a type of sealant to prevent water from beading and creating spots on the paint. Dental sealants are intended for a similar purpose: to protect a surface. Where dental sealants are concerned, though, we’re talking about preventing cavities, not spots.
Dental sealants are an excellent way to protect premolars and molars from tooth decay. These teeth are particularly susceptible to damage because they have deep grooves on chewing surfaces. Studies indicate that, when these grooves are sealed with appropriate material, there is an 80 percent less chance for tooth decay on treated teeth.
Painless Treatment, Big Rewards
Parents are willing to go the extra mile for their children to keep them healthy, happy, and comfortable. Dental sealant treatment is a painless process that provides up to five years of protection against tooth decay on treated surfaces. The steps to this procedure include:
- Standard dental cleaning and polishing in the dental office
- Isolating and drying each tooth
- Minor, painless etching to ensure complete attachment of sealant to enamel
- Application of liquid sealant material
- Curing liquid by directing light on the treated tooth surface
- Evaluation of the tooth to confirm a proper “seal.”
Protect Your Child’s Smile with Dental Sealants
In our New Jersey office, we see children as quickly as possible to reduce any stress related to seeing the dentist. Our methods of care are gentle and friendly, so children learn that their dentist is an ally, not someone to fear. We focus on prevention and conservative treatment as much as we can so children can enjoy optimal oral health with less intervention.