By Dental Choice
May 28, 2019
Category: Dental Care
Tags: Dental Sealants  

Young children are especially at risk for cavities and tooth decay due to factors like consuming sugary snacks and drinks, and poor oral hygiene habits if they do not brush and floss frequently enough, or have yet to master adequate brushing techniques. This can make young teeth and gums especially susceptible to bacteria buildup, which can eventually turn into cavities. Like adults, children benefit from preventive dentistry and early intervention. The family dentists at Dental Choice, Dr. Irving Phillips and Dr. Wade Dressler, offer general and cosmetic dentistry services in Easton, MD, for the entire family.

Protect Your Child's Oral Health with Dental Sealants in Easton, MD

Sealants work as a barrier between the surface of a child's molars and everything they come into contact with on a daily basis. The back teeth are especially difficult for children to reach and thoroughly brush because the top surface is uneven and full of ridges (known as pits and fissures) that can trap food and act as a hideaway for bacteria. Sealants smooth over the surface of the teeth so that they are easier to brush and less prone to accumulating food and bacteria after every meal.

How Dental Sealants Work

Sealants are a safe, non-invasive coating of plastic resin that fills in the pits and fissures on your child's back teeth to create a smooth surface. Think of them as an extra layer of enamel, or a protective coating that works like a protective barrier against cavities so that your child won't need a dental filling down the road. They are tooth colored, so once in place, the sealants are invisible and unobtrusive.

There is no drilling involved, which means there are no shots or topical anesthetics to worry about! First, the dentist will clean and prep the teeth, after which the resin material is brushed on in liquid form. It takes just a few minutes to solidify and dry. Sealants can last for up to a year, but good oral hygiene and regular check ups and cleanings with the family dentist will still be necessary even with the sealants.

Find a Family Dentist in Easton, MD

To learn more about dental sealants and whether they are a good option for your children, contact Dental Choice by calling (410) 822-4310 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Phillips or Dr. Dressler today.