Evidence has shown that sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay on your child’s teeth. Jenison, MI dentists, Dr. Condit and Dr. Vollmar may recommend them for teeth with deep grooves and pits which are the areas that are the most susceptible to cavities.
Typically, children get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as these teeth fully come in but sealants are sometimes recommended for baby molars or other teeth with deep grooves. Sealants are recommended for children as they can protect the teeth through their most cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14. However, anyone without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.
The process of applying sealants is easy and fast. The application steps are as follows:
- We thoroughly clean the teeth
- The teeth are dried
- A liquid solution is put on the chewing surfaces of the teeth
- The solution is cured using a special curing light
Sealants act as a barrier and protect the enamel from plaque and acids. Pediatric dentists, Dr. Condit and Dr. Vollmar will evaluate the integrity of the sealant at every recall visit and may recommend that they be touched up or repaired. While the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay.
Sealants are not a substitute for brushing your teeth. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene and keep up with professional dental cleanings. Also, sealants do not protect between the teeth, so it is essential to continue to floss daily.
For more information or to request an appointment, contact Grand River Pediatric Dentistry in Jenison, MI.