Dr. Polly Reese uses dental sealants to prevent tooth decay in children. This treatment is most effective shortly after the molars have erupted which is typically around the age of six years old for most children.
Sealants offer children many benefits. This is because tooth decay permanently damages the teeth. And the fillings that are used to repair the tooth require drilling which can weaken the tooth structure over time. Since sealants help to prevent tooth decay, they help avoid the discomfort that is sometimes associated with getting cavities filled. Prevention will also save you time and money at the dentist. Dr. Reese will replace your child’s dental sealants free of charge until they are 12 years old.
What is a Dental Sealant?
These very thin plastic coatings are painted onto the chewing surfaces of a child’s back teeth. They help to prevent germs, food particles, and bacteria from getting into the grooves of the teeth. During a routine cleaning, the dental hygienist will dry the area and apply the coating. It’s quick, painless, and can go a long way in protecting your child’s teeth from decay. The sealants harden and dry within a couple of minutes.
Dental sealants last for approximately five to ten years and are very easy to replace as needed. Give us a call if you have any questions.