Preventative care is extremely important when it comes to your child's teeth. Choosing family dentists like Dr. Evan Fiedler and Dr. Robert Dawe in Granville, IL, and serving Oglesby, IL, is the first step to ensuring your child's teeth are protected against decay and gum disease. Sealants, a liquid coating applied onto chewing surfaces of teeth, are effective in preventing cavities.
"Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by 'sealing out' plaque and food," according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The most important or most susceptible areas to decay and cavities are pits and grooves in teeth. And while brushing, flossing, using fluoride-containing, and maintaining a healthy diet may help reduce the chances that your child will develop a cavity, sealants provide teeth with that added barrier that prevents bacteria from infiltrating teeth through those accessible crevices, and breaking down teeth.
Sealants, which were actually were developed about 50 years ago, became more common in the 1970's. Today, sealants are a common dental practice for adults and young children.
Those hard-to-reach molars and children's difficulty maintaining proper oral hygiene while so young, makes their teeth targets for bacteria.
Your dentist serving Granville and Oglesby, IL, applies dental sealants in a few simple steps:
- Your family dentist first cleans the surface of your teeth.
- Then he etches, roughens, the tooth surface using a chemical substance. This allows the sealant to adhere more properly on the tooth surface.
- After applying the sealant, a special light source is directed on the sealant to harden it.
- The process is repeated again and need re-application every five to 10 years.
If you have any questions or concerns about dental sealants for your child, please don't hesitate to reach out to your Granville, IL, family dentists, serving Oglesby, IL, Dr. Evan Fiedler and Dr. Robert Dawe , today!