By Total Dental Care
May 12, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
The state of your children's dental health now can play a big role in their dental health later. Unfortunately, with all the sweets and treats at their disposal, it can be difficult to prevent cavities from forming in their mouths.
At Total Dental Care, parents and their kids can experience full dental protection and restoration using the dental methods offered on site. One of the leading preventive dental techniques provided includes sealants, which are invisible plastic resin coatings placed on children's back teeth to smooth out their chewing surfaces. This process of smoothing out the teeth ensures fewer fissures and areas for bacteria to hide away in before damaging nearby teeth. In fact, sealants have been shown to reduce decay by over 70 percent.
First, the tooth in question will be examined and any existing decay will be removed. Next, the tooth is cleaned and given a topical solution that will allow the sealant to adhere to the underlying tooth structure. After the tooth is rinsed once again, the sealant will be painted onto the tooth before hardening under a unique curing light. Applying sealants to your child's teeth is painless, because tooth enamel doesn't have nerves.
Because sealed teeth help prevent later decay in a child's mouth, keeping them strong is important for the child's dental health going forward. Children with sealants should brush and floss their teeth every day, with brushing occurring at least twice daily. While a normal sealant will last for as many as ten years, remembering to take your child in for regular cleanings and check-ups also helps ensure that that time frame is accurate and not an overshoot.
For more information about how sealants help protect children's teeth from future dental decay, give one of the oral experts at Total Dental Care a call today at (309) 347-7055 for leading pediatric dental care right here in Pekin, IL!