What your dentist in Gainesville wants you to know
You’ve probably heard about dental sealants, and now you are curious if they can help your child. The truth is children are highly prone to tooth decay because of a high sugar diet, poor brushing and flossing habits, and other reasons.
Dental sealants help protect your child’s teeth by creating a protective shield over the deep grooves and crevices in your child’s teeth, where bacteria can hide. Dr. Chris Houser at Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA wants to share the facts about dental sealants.
Tooth decay happens because the bacteria in plaque mixes with the sugars in the food you eat and the beverages you drink. Bacteria and sugar produce an acid which is strong enough to eat through tooth enamel, causing decay and cavities.
The areas of your child’s teeth most prone to decay are the deep grooves, crevices, and normal tooth anatomy of your child’s teeth. Sealants cover up the grooves and crevices, without interfering in your child’s bite. Bacteria and food debris will simply slide off of the tooth surface and get flushed out by brushing, preventing tooth damage.
Sealants help prevent tooth decay, which also prevents the need for more expensive dental treatment including fillings, crowns, root canals, and even tooth removal. Prevention starts with sealants. When your child is between 5 and 7, the first permanent molars should be sealed. The second permanent molars should be sealed when your child is between 11 and 14 years old.
Sealant placement is an easy procedure, completely painless, requiring no anesthetic, and it only takes a few minutes. For more detailed information about sealant treatment, please visit the Sealants page on the Heritage Hunt Dental website at http://www.heritagehuntdental.com/library/7800/Sealants.html
Your child’s smile needs more than brushing and flossing to stay healthy, and sealants are the answer. Your child deserves to have a beautiful, pain-free smile for life, and sealants are the answer. To protect your child’s smile with sealants, call Dr. Houser at Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA. Call today!