Did you know that around 20% of children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one cavity? Here at Tender Care Dentistry in Charlotte Hall, MD, your pediatric dentists, Drs. Dana Kim and Elnaz Nazemian, provide young patients with sealants to protect them against the decay that leads to these compromised teeth.
More about Sealants
Cavities usually develop on chewing surfaces and back teeth in your child's mouth because surfaces are not smooth. There are tiny grooves called pits and fissures that trap bacteria and food particles. Proper oral care, such as daily brushing and flossing, are essential to maintaining dental care, but toothbrush bristles can't always reach these crevices and remove bacteria.
Additionally, a child's newly erupted permanent teeth aren't as resistant to decay. The enamel that protects teeth becomes stronger over time. Other oral hygiene methods like using fluoride strengthen enamel as well, but a long-lasting preventative measure is using dental sealants.
Dental sealants are made of invisible plastic resin that's coated over chewing surfaces to smooth them out and fill crevices, thus making the teeth more resistant to decay.
What Does the Procedure Entail?
Your pediatric dentist in Charlotte Hall first examines your teeth to find any decay that must first be removed. Your dentist then applies an etching solution on the surface of teeth to roughen surfaces. This makes it easier for the sealant to adhere to the tooth.
Next, the etching solution is removed and the tooth dried. The sealant material is painted onto the tooth in liquid form and hardened using a special curing light.
Does Your Child Need Care? Give Us a Call
If you would like to learn more about sealants from your pediatric dentist in Charlotte Hall, MD, then make sure you call Tender Care Dentistry at (301) 298-2622 today!