Childrens Tooth Sealants
What Are Dental Tooth Sealants?
At Tower Smiles, we like to offer our patients children dental Sealants as an alternative for treatment prevention. Ideally Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in -- before decay starts to attack their teeth.
So what is a Dental Tooth Sealant?
A Tooth sealant is a safe plastic-like material that is painted on to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and pre-molars) and acts like a physical barrier to "seal out" germs and food that cause tooth decay and destroy the tooth structure.
Tooth Sealants can be 100% effective in reducing tooth decay and can last as long as the sealants remain intact. Children especially benefit from sealants due to the fact that it has been proven that 95% of all people will eventually have cavities or pits/fissures/grooves in their teeth.
Since Molars are especially susceptible to having deeper grooves, more than 85% to 90% of all tooth decay begins here. The natural valleys of the molars make it harder to clean them by brushing alone. The enamel in these areas can also be thinner making them easier to destroy by the germs that cause cavities.
Another factor is that most toothbrush bristles bend are too large to fit into these grooves. Sealants cannot only prevent cavities but can also arrest the progress of decay. All with the goal of having healthy teeth that can last a lifetime!
Sealants do need to be checked at your regular Hygiene appointments to make sure that the seal is not chipped or broken.
What do dental sealants look like?
Dental sealants can be clear, white or have a slight tint depending upon the dental sealant used.
How long does a dental sealant last?
Dental sealants have been used and have been proven to be effective since the 1970s. Many studies have shown that they are effective in helping to prevent decay on chewing (occlusal) surfaces. Dental sealants can last many years. If necessary, it is also possible to place a new dental sealant on the tooth.
If you think that sealants may be of interest for your children, then please be sure to book a free consultation with the Tower Smiles Hygiene Team to determine if they would be a good candidate for this procedure. You can call us at (403) 262-3826 to make an appointment.
At Tower Smiles Dental we are always welcoming new patients! No referral is required.
Call Us at (403) 262-3826 or (403) 265-3146 to book your Child's Tooth Sealant consultation appointment today!