With the help of a proper oral hygiene routine, your children are actively protecting their teeth against harmful oral bacteria from building up. Regardless of this, cavities are extremely common among young children and teens, often the result of consuming sugary foods and beverages. Your pediatric dentists in Manchester, NH, Dr. Muhenad Samaan and Dr. Patrick Richard with Manchester Dental, are committed to protecting your children from potential decay with the help of dental sealants.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Cavities occur when harmful oral bacteria attacks the protective enamel on the teeth, creating holes. Even in cases of thorough and proper dental routines, the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (the molars) are often the most neglected during brushing. This makes the molars more susceptible to cavities due to harmful oral bacteria.
Your pediatric dentists in Manchester, NH, at Manchester Dental, promote dental sealants as another way to protect your child's teeth from cavities. Dental sealants are typically encouraged for your child's first and second permanent molars. The first molars will likely grow around the age of 6, and the second permanent molars often appear around the age of 12.
The surface of the molars is referred to as the "grooves" of the teeth, with divots that are vulnerable to bacteria buildup. Dental sealants come in the form of a thin coating of a liquid resin that is then applied to the chewing surface of your child's molars. To ensure that the protective layer bonds to the tooth, a blue LED light is used, creating a solid seal layer over the teeth.
Why Should Children Get Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are a painless and non-invasive treatment that requires no drilling or any numbing agents. As a parent, you can find peace of mind knowing that your child is avoiding potential harm to their teeth through the preventative sealant.
The American Dental Association (ADA) reported that the application of dental sealants reduces the risk of cavities in children by 80%. The protective coating prevents bacteria or residual food particles from building up in the grooves of the molars, actively fighting against cavities!
Dental Sealants With Family Dentistry
By maintaining proper oral hygiene, dental sealants are painless protection for your child against cavities. Your pediatric dentist in Manchester, NH, can help further prevent your child from getting cavities and to fight any additional harmful oral bacteria! Dr. Samaan and Dr. Richard encourage you to schedule a visit at Manchester Dental by calling (603) 624-4147.