How Sealants Protect Teeth
Learn about sealants from your Lakewood dentist
Children and adults of all ages are at particular risk for decay in the molars--the deeply grooved back teeth that can be difficult to clean. It’s especially important to help your children protect these vulnerable teeth early on, helping them lay the foundation for a lifetime of good dental health. From the office of Ronald Morse DDS, PC in Lakewood, CO, has some information for you about sealants.
What Are Sealants?
Sealants are one of the simplest and most effective ways to protect your child’s teeth from decay. A dental sealant is a plastic material that is painted on the tooth, settles into the ridges and grooves, then hardens into a protective covering that keeps food particles and bacteria away from the tooth’s surface.
Most dentists will recommend that children receive sealants on their adult molars as soon as they erupt. Sealants are not usually necessary for baby teeth, although they may be recommended for some children who are particularly prone to decay.
The Benefits of Sealants
It can be difficult to get children to brush and floss their teeth effectively, especially younger children. However, even children with good dental hygiene habits need additional care to prevent decay. Sealants provide extra protection for all children and reduce their chances of developing cavities in the back teeth.
Studies show that children who receive sealants are 78% less likely to need fillings than those who do not get sealants. The number jumps to 93% when sealants are combined with annual professional fluoride treatments.
The process of getting sealants is completely painless for your child. It involves only cleaning the teeth and applying material to the surface--no anesthesia or invasive work required.
Given their effectiveness in preventing the need for fillings and extensive dental work later on, getting sealants on your child’s teeth is one of the smartest preventative steps you can take.
Ronald Morse DDS, PC in Lakewood, CO, helps patients of all ages protect healthy teeth with sealants and other preventative treatments for a lifetime of good dental health. To schedule an appointment, call (303)279-6929.