Dental Sealants at Rockford Pediatric Dentistry
Dental sealants are an excellent way to prevent decay on the chewing surfaces of teeth. A simple procedure we often describe as “painting” the teeth, sealants require no numbing medicine and take very little time to place. We recommend them for all of our patients in order to help prevent decay on the back molars.
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Often, decay begins on the chewing surfaces of teeth, in the pits, fissures, and grooves of a tooth. Food can easily get caught in these grooves, the germs that cause decay begin to thrive where food is caught, and a cavity can form. Furthermore, many popular snacks for children—including crackers, fruit snacks, gummy vitamins, and other high carbohydrate snacks—can easily get stuck in these grooves. Despite our best efforts, it is often difficult to effectively brush these back teeth at home, especially in younger children. Sealants are an added layer of protection we can use to prevent this type of decay from forming.
Sealants are made of various white resin materials, matching the color of your child’s tooth. When we “paint” on sealants, we are effectively sealing off the pits, fissures, and grooves where cavity germs love to thrive. We recommend placement of sealants as early as 6 years old, when the permanent molars begin to erupt. The earlier we are able to place sealants, the longer your child will benefit from this added form of cavity prevention.
Rockford Pediatric Dentistry
At Rockford Pediatric Dentistry, we are passionate about providing a safe, positive, and happy environment for your family. Working with children, our biggest focus is disease prevention: sealants are an excellent way for us to help prevent cavities for your family. We want to equip your children with all of the tools to help keep their mouths healthy and strong at home. As mothers ourselves, we understand how important it is to treat your family with compassion, the most up to date dental technologies, and the highest standard of care. We strive to earn your trust and provide high quality dentistry for your family. Call today to make Rockford Pediatric Dentistry your new dental home.