Available from our Elkhart, IN, family dental practice, sealants can keep your child's smile cavity-free!
Good oral hygiene is one of the most important factors in maintaining healthy teeth and gums as well as a beautiful smile. However, brushing and flossing can be challenging for young children, as they are still developing a proper cleaning technique—an issue that can have particularly nasty consequences for hard-to-reach back molars. The uneven surface of molars (known as pits and fissures) can create a breeding ground for bacteria that increases your child's risk of developing tooth decay and cavities. Accordingly, Dr. Gavin Schill, your family dentist in Elkhart, IN, recommends dental sealants to help protect children's teeth from decay. Read on to learn more!
What Dental Sealants Are
Dental sealants protect your child's teeth in several ways. For one, they add an extra layer of protection over the teeth. They also create a smooth and even tooth surface, making brushing much easier for the little ones, and eliminating the hard to reach crevices where bacteria from food/drinks would normally be missed by a toothbrush.
How Dental Sealants Work
The procedure is fast, discomfort-free, and non-invasive, meaning that no anesthetic or automated tools are required. To begin, the dentist will clean the teeth and apply a gel formula as a base to help the sealant bond with the tooth. Next, the gel is removed and a sealant is applied to the chewing surface of the tooth to then be dried with a blue light, making any recovery time at our family practice unnecessary.
Although sealants are not a substitute for brushing, flossing, and general preventive dental care, they can dramatically decrease your child's risk of cavities. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sealants can lower the risk of childhood cavities in molars by up to 80%.
Find a Family Dental Practice in Elkhart, IN
For more information about dental sealants and whether they are a good choice for your child, contact Christiana Creek Dental Care today by calling (574) 262-4378 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Schill.