When it comes to dental care and kids, we can plead and plead them to take good care of their teeth. However, kids do not always brush and floss as they should. Even with good brushing, especially during the cavity-prone years, kids can still sustain cavities. This is why here at Advantage Dentistry in Kenmore, NY, we offer dental sealants.
Sealants are a great way to protect the molars from decay. Since the molars have pits and grooves in them, food, bacteria, and other debris can become stuck in those hard-to-reach places. Sealants literally “seal out” the bacteria to protect the teeth during the cavity-prone years of six to fourteen.
Sealants are a plastic coating that is painted on and hardened over the pits of the molars. They are great for children but can also benefit adults who have never had a cavity or a filling. Fillings can last for over ten years, depending on chewing habits.
To apply a sealant, the teeth are cleaned and dried. An acid solution is then placed over the tooth to roughen the surface. This aids a stronger bond. The tooth is rinsed and dried. The sealant is then painted over the tooth and hardened. Patients are able to eat normally very soon afterward.
If you are looking for some extra protection, sealants are a great idea. To schedule an appointment here in our Kenmore, NY dental practice, call Advantage Dentistry at (716) 877-2275. To learn more about sealants, visit our website, www.advantagedentistry.com.