Preventing Child Tooth Decay – the Easy Way!
We know that children often don’t do a very good job of brushing their teeth. This can apply to adults too! Even meticulous brushing often may not reach the deep grooves in the back teeth. This results in bacteria, acids, and plaque formation, which will lead to decay. And once the tooth has decay, it is damaged permanently and will need a filling or crown.
What if there was a way to help prevent all this from happening? Fortunately, there is! The application of dental sealants will do the trick. First, the tooth (or teeth) is cleaned and sterilized. A thin plastic coating is applied. This is usually white or clear in color. A curing light bonds the sealant into place. The whole procedure takes just a few minutes. There are no shots or drills or removal of any tooth structure. It’s totally harmless!
Applying dental sealants is one of the best preventive things both children and adolescents can do to preserve their natural teeth!