Cavities are most likely to develop on the chewing surfaces of the back molars. These teeth are designed to crush food so they are full of deep pits and fissures. The hidden grooves trap leftover food particles, plaque, and bacteria. Since it is so difficult for toothbrush bristles to reach inside these rear crevices and clean out the area, it is easy for tooth decay to form.
In addition, newly erupted adult teeth are not as resilient as permanent teeth that have been around for a while. The outer enamel becomes stronger with age. In the meantime, it is a good idea to safeguard your child’s oral health with dental sealants in Merritt Island.
Sealants at Your Family Dental are clean plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The invisible layer makes teeth more resistant to decay and much less likely to develop cavities.
Some people think that dental sealants are a type of filling, but that is not true. The application process is easy and painless. Since there are no nerves in tooth enamel, there is no need for shots or anesthesia. First, your Merritt Island dentist will examine the tooth being treated, if the slightest amount of decay is present, it will be removed. Next, the surface will be cleaned and dried. A solution is then applied to roughen the surface so the sealant will adhere better. The area is rinsed thoroughly and dried again. The sealant material is painted on hardened with a curing light. That is all it takes!
Teeth with sealants require the same diligent oral hygiene practices as unprotected teeth. Kids should continue to brush and floss their teeth every day and keep up with regular professional dental cleanings. Monitoring for wear and tear on the sealants is crucial, though the layer should last for up to a decade. During this time, Your Family Dental patients will benefit from this preventive dental treatment proven to significantly reduce tooth decay by over 70 percent.