Although a child may learn to brush thoroughly with help and instruction from an adult, sometimes even careful brushing doesn’t reach all the grooves and contours of teeth – especially the back teeth. If left alone, bacteria will grow and plaque will form, eventually causing decay. Decay means permanent damage to a tooth that can only be repaired with a filling or crown.
What can we do to keep this from happening? Today, there are sealants that are applied to a child's teeth to help preserve a tooth in its entirety. Here is how dental sealants work:
- Teeth are cleaned and sterilized.
- A clear, thin plastic coat is applied to each tooth.
- A curing light is used to bond the sealant to the tooth.
- This is a quick procedure of just a few minutes. No shots or drills are needed so the application is painless. And the whole tooth remains intact.
Cori K. Crider, DDS
2444 Packard Road
Ypsilanti, MI 48197