If you have a young child in your life, you know how difficult it can be to get them to clean and care for their teeth properly. When brushing on their own, young children have a habit of only brushing the fronts of their teeth and the tops of their molars. While it is essential to clean those areas, if that’s all your kids are doing, they’re not brushing their teeth effectively. They are also making it easier for decay to creep in and create problems with their oral health. Sure, parents and older siblings often help kids brush, but it is not always ideal, not to mention that some adults have the same problem. We offer a treatment that can be beneficial for all of our patients, young and old. Read on to learn more about this treatment.
What are Dental Sealants?
No matter how well we clean our teeth and our children’s teeth at home, tooth decay has a tendency to make an appearance, and the need for dental treatment arises. Wouldn’t it be amazing if there were a treatment that could help combat decay? You are in luck! Dental sealants are the answer. A dental sealant is a clear coating brushed onto the chewing surface of a tooth that hardens as it dries. The treatment is typically used on the rear molars because they are most vulnerable to decay. Once the material dries, it leaves a smooth chewing surface, making it much easier to clean.
This treatment is beneficial because it can help prevent cavities from developing in the deep grooves of the rear molars. The treatment is typically completed following a routine hygiene examination and cleaning and only takes minutes. Sealants can provide many years of protection for your teeth and can easily be reapplied if necessary.
If you, your child, or another family member is due for a hygiene examination, contact our office in Canandaigua, NY to schedule an appointment. During the examination, we can inspect to ensure tooth decay is not present or developing. We look forward to seeing you soon!