For some kids, cavities end up being just another part of childhood, however, it doesn't have to be this way. Sealants offer a simple, quick way to lower your child's risk of tooth decay. These protective coatings are one of the family dentistry services provided by your Lakeville, MN, dentists, Drs. Thomas and Rebecca Nomeland—read on to learn how they can help protect your child's smile.
What do sealants do?
If you take a close look at your back teeth, you'll notice that the chewing surfaces are a little bumpy. These teeth (termed pre-molars and molars) contain tiny nooks and crannies that can trap plaque, a sticky, colorless substance that is a major cause of tooth decay.
Although regular brushing and flossing does remove plaque from most of your tooth surface, these approaches often can't quite reach the plaque that forms in the pits and grooves in the pre-molars and molars. If this plaque remains on teeth long enough, your child may eventually develop a cavity.
Implemented to combat this effect, sealants are clear, plastic resin coatings that fill the nooks and crannies in the back teeth, reducing your child's cavity risk. Sealant administration is a discomfort-free procedure—after your child's teeth are cleaned, an etching solution will be applied to the molars and pre-molars. This solution helps the sealants stick to your son or daughter's teeth. Following this simple preparation, your dentist uses a small brush to paint the sealants on the molars and pre-molars, and that's it!
Why are sealants important?
Sealants are usually applied soon after your child's permanent pre-molars and molars appear, for these new teeth are weaker and more susceptible to cavities than their more established neighbors.
Avoiding cavities helps keep teeth strong and healthy. After all, teeth that have been filled are more likely to eventually need additional treatments, such as crowns or root canal therapy. By preventing cavities, sealants can help your child avoid costly dental procedures and restorations in the future.
Would you like to protect your children from tooth decay? Call your Lakeville, MN, dentists, Drs. Thomas and Rebecca Nomeland, at (952) 985-8885 to schedule an appointment for your son or daughter.