Most parents are concerned with their children’s dental health. Did you know that sealants can protect teeth from decay by smoothing out natural pits and fissures in teeth? They help protect teeth from damaging plaque and acids.
We recommend applying sealants soon after the permanent molars arrive. The first permanent molars generally erupt between 5 and 7 years and the second permanent molars between 11 and 12 years. Sealant application is a quick and painless procedure and can protect your child’s teeth from decay as well as the wear that occurs naturally from use. The tooth is polished to remove food debris and plaque. Then the tooth is isolated and dried. Finally, the dental sealant material is painted on with a brush and a self-curing light is used to bond the sealant to the surface.
Avoids Plaque Buildup
When molars are left unprotected, food particles are able to attach to the surface and hide in the pits and fissures of the tooth. These are difficult to remove through brushing alone. These particles cause a buildup of plaque to occur, causing a variety of dental health issues including cavities, damaged tooth enamel and gingivitis. Gingivitis is an early type of gum disease that can lead to periodontal disease, which breaks down the gum tissue and bone.
Our dentist, Dr. Chiru, can determine to what extent pits and fissures exist in your child’s molars and premolars and determine the best treatment for prevention of decay. We encourage you to call Complete Dental of Atlanta at 770-492-0250 in Tucker, Georgia.