Cavities don't have to be an unavoidable part of childhood. In fact, with good oral hygiene and sealants provided by the family dentists here at Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD, you can help your child avoid tooth decay and remain in perfect oral health.
Sealants offer a simple way to prevent cavities
Tooth decay is a common problem among children. In fact, 20 percent of kids ages 5 - 11 and 13 percent of adolescents have at least one untreated cavity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some cases of tooth decay are due to poor brushing and flossing habits, but oral hygiene isn't always to blame—the premolars and molars at the back of the teeth contain tiny pits and grooves that trap plaque, the substance that causes tooth decay. Although brushing removes plaque from other parts of the teeth, toothbrush bristles can't reach the pits and grooves in the pre-molars and molars.
Pre-molars and molars are more susceptible to tooth decay when they first appear in your child's mouth. If they're not protected, your son or daughter is more likely to develop a cavity.
Sealants fill in the pits and grooves with clear resin, making it impossible for plaque to flourish in these areas. Our family dentists may recommend sealants when their permanent premolars and molars erupt. Sealants can also reduce the risk of cavities in adults, although dental insurance companies don't usually cover the cost of sealants for adults.
The sealant process is quick and easy
Before your child receives sealants from our Westminster office, their teeth will be thoroughly cleaned to remove all traces of plaque and tartar. After the cleaning, an etching solution will be applied to the teeth. The solution helps the sealants stick to the teeth. Liquid sealants are applied with a small brush, then hardened with a curing light. Your children can eat and drink immediately after receiving the sealants.
Sealants can protect your son or daughter's teeth for up to 10 years. Your dentist will check on their condition during regular checkups. If needed, new sealants can be applied to the teeth due to wear and tear.
Set up an appointment today
Protect your child's smile with sealants! Schedule an appointment with the family dentists here at Carroll County Dental Associates in Westminster, MD, by calling (410) 848-5577.