Dental Sealants Support Happy Smiles
- Posted on: Jul 30 2018
Childhood is a magical time during which imagination is at its peak. As we know, many children imagine that they possess a great array of super human powers. Some believe they have the power to sneak around under a cloak of invisibility. Some envision themselves soaring through the sky like Superman. Whatever their superpower of choice may be, we say that all children share one in common: the ability to brighten to world with a smile.
Did you know that, on average, a child smiles about 400 times a day? Do you ever take stock of how often you smile in a day? Research suggests that it’s probably about ten times less than your child. Judging by these numbers, we see even more reason to support the healthy, happy smiles of children. In our St. Francisville office, we do this with friendly care in a comfortable environment, and with painless preventive treatments like dental sealants.
What are dental sealants?
There are many objects and surfaces that we seal to prevent unpleasant effects. For example, special tape or adhesive is often used in plumbing to prevent water leaks where fittings come together. We “seal” the paint of our vehicles after we wash them by applying a coating of wax. In dentistry, we have sealants that are applied to the premolars and molars to protect chewing surfaces from unnecessary tooth decay.
The process of getting dental sealants is simple and painless, making this a stress-free process for both children and their parents. Treatment is typically performed during routine visits after a child’s permanent teeth have begun to grow in. The protective coating that is bonded to each tooth usually lasts about five years, after which a new coating can be applied.
The sealant process includes:
- A routine dental cleaning to remove all plaque and tartar
- Teeth are dried
- Enamel on the chewing surface is roughed with a small file
- A liquid dental sealant is applied to the chewing surface and allowed to seep into deep grooves
- The chewing surface is treated with light to solidify the liquid sealant to adhere it to the tooth
- Each sealant is checked to ensure the tooth is adequately protected for long-term results
Dental sealants may be one of the best preventive treatments available after professional checkups and cleanings. To learn more about this treatment, call 225-635-4422.
Posted in: Pediatric Dentistry