Stop early cavities in their tracks and protect new permanent teeth with tooth sealants at Greenhaven Pediatric Dentistry in Sacramento, CA. According to the CDC, School-age children (ages 6-11) without sealants have almost 3 times more 1st molar cavities than those with sealants. If your pediatric dentist is recommending dental sealants, there are many great reasons to take advantage of this procedure.
- Protects New & Growing Teeth From Cavities
- Quick, Painless & Minimally Invasive
- Reduces The Need For Future Dental Treatments
- Looks White Or Clear, Blending In — Not Standing Out
Why Is My Pediatric Dentist Recommending Sealants?
You make sure your children brush, keep sugar to a minimum, and regularly get fluoride treatments at each dental cleaning. Why is your kid’s dentist recommending tooth sealants? Believe it or not, little back teeth, whether they are your toddler’s premolars or your 2nd grader’s emerging permanent back teeth, new teeth are softer.
Even the best toothbrushes can’t remove food and buildup from the crevices in kids’ back teeth 100% of the time. Add picky eaters and brushing techniques that still have some room to improve into the mix, and you’re on your way to tooth decay and cavities.
Aren’t Fluoride Treatments Enough?
Fluoride treatments applied by a pediatric dentist can go a long way to protect new and developing teeth. The fluoride helps to strengthen each tooth’s outer layer, preventing cavities from damaging this layer. Unfortunately, back teeth have many small pits and ridges that are harder for fluoride to penetrate but easy for bacteria and acids to get into.
- Makes The Tooth Surface Harder
- Prevents Food Acid Attacks
- Prevents Demineralization
How Dental Sealants Work
Tooth sealants add a layer of protection and fill those hard-to-reach pits, grooves, and crevices on the chewing surfaces of kids’ teeth. If some decay is already present, we may need to remove it gently, but this is a quick and painless process.
Then, we apply a clear or white liquid onto the affected teeth and cure it with a blue LED light. Your child is left with a strong, protective coating that will last for years.
- Great for the tiny “pits and fissures” missed by brushing.
- Gets into places fluoride can’t reach.
- Great for baby and newly emerging adult teeth.
- Protects enamel and reduces the need for future repair.
- Lasts for several years.
Kid’s Dental Sealants In Sacramento
If you’re worried about your child’s diet, brushing technique, or cavities in general, ask your pediatric dentist about tooth sealants. In the Sacramento area, Greenhaven Pediatric Dentistry can help you with all the services you need to keep kids’ teeth healthy, straight, and strong as they develop. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.