Tooth decay is a common pediatric dental health problem, affecting nearly 40% of kindergartners. At Lakewood Kids Dentistry in Houston, expert pediatric dentist Davette Johnson, DDS, provides dental sealants to protect your child’s teeth from bacteria that can eat through tooth enamel and cause cavities. If you’re interested in dental sealants, call Lakewood Kids Dentistry or make an appointment online today.
A dental sealant is a smooth, plastic coating for the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Sealants are made from medical-grade, BPA-free plastic. Dental sealants are safe and don’t cause any side effects. Dr. Johnson asks about any allergies before providing dental sealants.
A sealant covers the grooves in the tops of the molars to prevent bacteria from eating through the tooth enamel and causing cavities. The grooves on the molars are often narrow and deep, which makes them difficult to keep clean with regular brushing and flossing.
Dr. Johnson recommends dental sealants for children 5-14 years old. She can apply sealants as soon as their first permanent molars erupt and continue to apply sealants as the rest of your child’s molars emerge.
Dental sealants reduce your child’s risk of developing tooth decay and cavities. Getting sealants as early as possible improves their chances of a cavity-free life. According to the American Dental Association, dental sealants reduce the risk of tooth decay and cavities by around 80% in molars.
Additionally, because they’re a preventive treatment, dental sealants are often covered by insurance, which means there is potentially little cost to you to protect your child’s teeth and dental health.
At Lakewood Kids Dentistry, Dr. Johnson applies sealants in a quick, painless treatment. She cleans your child’s molars thoroughly and dries them. Then, Dr. Johnson uses an acidic gel to create a rough surface on the tooth, which helps the sealant bond securely to the tooth. She removes the gel and cleans the teeth again before carefully applying the sealant to the chewing surfaces of the molars. Finally, she directs a special blue light onto the sealant to harden it.
Dr. Johnson can apply sealants to teeth that already have cavities to prevent further damage. Sealants are clear, so she can continue to monitor the tooth to ensure the sealant is doing its job of protecting your child’s tooth.
If you’re interested in dental sealants for your child, call Lakewood Kids Dentistry or schedule a consultation online today.