Dental sealants are an excellent method for cavity prevention for children with emerging molars. Oscar Luna, DDS, at Culmore Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics has years of experience applying sealants to provide a line of defense against cavities, above and beyond what brushing and flossing can do. To schedule an appointment for your child, call the office in Falls Church, Virginia, or book online today.
A dental sealant is a protective plastic coating that goes over the chewing surfaces of the teeth, most commonly the molars (back teeth). In addition to routine brushing and flossing, dental sealants act as an additional line of defense against the development of cavities.
Most tooth surfaces are smooth, and you can clean them thoroughly by brushing and flossing. The tops of your molars are uneven and contain grooves and pits too narrow to reach with a toothbrush, making it easy for food particles and bacteria to take up residence in your molars and cause cavities.
Sealants smooth the top of your molars to prevent cavity-causing substances from settling in. This dental service works best when children’s permanent molars emerge.
Children are most prone to cavities between the ages of 6 and 14 when their primary and secondary molars emerge.
Your child can have increased protection from cavities during this time if Dr. Luna applies sealants when their molars first emerge. For most children, the first set of molars erupts at age six, and the second set erupts at age 12.
Sealants are most commonly used on permanent molars. Dr. Luna may also recommend sealants to prevent the primary teeth from falling out prematurely if your child’s primary (baby) teeth have deep grooves.
For children of all ages, receiving dental sealants from an experienced pediatric dentist like Dr. Luna at Culmore Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics is painless and takes only a few minutes.
After cleaning your child’s teeth, Dr. Luna applies a bonding solution and then the sealant. He quickly sets the solution using a UV light.
Sealants can last for up to ten years. At your child’s dental exams, Dr. Luna checks their sealants to make sure they are still in good condition, and he can repair the sealant if needed.
To learn more about sealants for your child, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.