Dental Sealants – McKinney, TX
Helping Little Teeth Become Big Smiles
Prevention through a consistent oral care routine including brushing, flossing and using a mouthwash is always beneficial in controlling plaque and tartar build-up and preventing decay but even with diligent care, it is difficult to clean the deep pits and grooves on teeth, especially for younger children. Pit and Fissure sealants provide a helpful, cost-effective and painless solution to preventing decay. According to CDC (Centers for disease control and prevention) "school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants."
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What is a Sealant?
A sealant is a thin coating of tooth colored material applied directly to tooth surfaces. It is applied to back molars or the large chewing teeth and helps block the deep grooves and pits so that food and bacteria do not accumulate in those areas. Sealants are great for children who are still learning to brush as well as adults who are prone to developing decay.
What is the Process like?
The process of applying sealants is quick and painless. A solution is applied to the tooth surfaces to clean the surface and remove the layer of plaque and bacteria. It is then washed off and the sealant is applied to the toot surfaces and sealed.
After Care of Sealants
Sealants are very low maintenance and do not require any special care or precautions. Regular tooth brushing and flossing is important to maintain the sealant. At what age can sealants be applied? Sealants can be applied as early as 6 years of age when the permanent first molars erupt. They are also beneficial for adults as well and serve the same function of preventing decay on adult teeth as well. Ask Your kids dentist in McKinney if sealants are a good option for your little ones.