Protective Dental Sealants
Dental decay is so common that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 95% of American adults will have at least one instance of decay in their lifetimes – often more than one. Decay is a preventable disease, and by taking preventive measures, you can ensure your child’s smile stays healthy, beautiful, and pain-free.
What Causes Decay?
You have probably heard the facts: soda, sugar, candy, and even fruit juice can all contribute to decay. Actually, the culprits are the bacteria that feed on these foods and the acid content that softens the protective enamel layer of the tooth.
Enamel, the hardest substance in the body, protects the nerve and softer tissues of teeth. Acid, caused by the foods we eat and a byproduct of bacteria, softens that layer and can allow bacteria to enter the inner areas of the tooth. Over time, if left untreated, decay can cause pain and even tooth loss.
In addition to good home care practices, regular dental exams and cleanings, fluoride treatments, and a healthy diet, we offer preventive treatments to assist with avoiding dental decay in children.
Dental sealants offer a barrier between your child’s tooth and the acid that causes dental decay.
How Dental Sealants Work
One of the most susceptible areas of your child’s teeth is the chewing surface because of the deep grooves that make it difficult to keep those areas clean. Toothbrush bristles often cannot reach the microscopic caverns of the tooth and leave a place for bacteria to collect and cause damage.
Dental sealants provide a barrier between your child's enamel and destructive food particles and bacteria. Dental sealants are made of clear or tooth-colored non-BPA plastic material that we paint on the surface of your child’s tooth for added protection.
We cure dental sealants during the procedure, making them durable so your little one can eat and drink normally right away. Dental sealants are non-invasive and do not require the use of oral anesthetic. Typically, dental sealants work best on molars and pre-molars, but can also cover pits and grooves on other teeth.
Because they are a simple preventive procedure, they are quick and affordable. At a fraction of the cost, dental sealants save money over fillings and do not require the removal of healthy tooth structure – good news for you and your child!
Sealants are effective for up to five years, and Drs. Raf or Dr. Rupin can let you know when it is time to replace them.
Call Bitesize Pediatric Dentistry Today!
To determine if your child is a good candidate for dental sealants as part of their preventive dentistry, contact our Brooklyn, NY dental office to schedule an evaluation. We can discuss sealants, along with other preventive treatments to keep your child healthy and smiling.