How sealants from your dentist in Downingtown, Pennsylvania can save your child’s smile.
You should teach your child to brush and floss regularly, but even that might not be enough to prevent tooth decay. That’s because there are tiny grooves and crevices which are a normal part of tooth anatomy. These tiny grooves and crevices are the perfect place for decay-causing bacteria to hide. That’s where sealants can help. Dr. Carl Horchos at Chestnut Dental Associates in Downingtown, Pennsylvania wants to introduce you to the benefits of dental sealants and how they can help your child.
Sealant treatment begins with an etching material which is placed on the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. The etching material is rinsed off after a few seconds, creating tiny pore-like openings to retain the sealant material.
The sealant material is a liquid resin, which is flooded into the grooves and crevices. It’s then hardened with a dental light, creating a solid, strong protective covering. Sealants make it impossible for bacteria and food debris to get inside the deep anatomy. Bacteria and food debris simply slide off of the top of your child’s teeth.
Parents and children both like sealant treatment because it is:
- Pain-free, requiring no anesthetic
- Quick, requiring only minutes
- Inexpensive, when compared to fillings
- Effective, with a long history of safety and effectiveness
The current recommendations are for sealant placement on the first permanent molars when your child is between 5 and 7, and the second permanent molars when your child is between 11 and 14. Sealant placement at the appropriate time can save you and your child from years of extensive and expensive restorative work.
For more detailed information about dental sealants, please visit the Sealants page on the Chestnut Dental Associates website at https://www.chestnutdentalassoc.com/library/7800/Sealants.html
Sealants can mean the difference between a beautiful smile, and a mouthful of cavities! Sealants are easy, safe, inexpensive, and they can be completed in just a few minutes. To make sealants part of your child’s dental care, call Dr. Carl Horchos at Chestnut Dental Associates in Downingtown, Pennsylvania today!