How dental sealants from McLean, Virginia, can save your child’s teeth
If you want to prevent your child from experiencing tooth decay, dental sealants are one of the most effective ways to prevent cavities. Teaching your child to brush and floss are excellent habits too, but the truth is, sometimes they are not enough.
The deep grooves and crevices in your child’s permanent teeth provide a perfect environment for bacteria that brushing and flossing can’t reach. Drs. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Samuel Cappiello at McLean Dental Care in McLean, Virginia, want to tell you more about dental sealants for your child.
When your child eats or drinks sugary foods or beverages, the sugar mixes with normal oral bacteria and creates bacterial acid. This acid is strong enough to penetrate tough tooth enamel, causing a cavity. The deep grooves and crevices in the top surfaces of teeth provide a place for bacteria, food particles and debris to hide. Dental sealants cover up the deep grooves and crevices so they stay free of bacteria.
The best time to schedule a sealant appointment for your child is between the ages of 5 and 7 for the permanent first molars and between 11 and 14 for the permanent second molars. That’s because the molars need to fully erupt before sealants can be placed.
Dental sealants are completely non-invasive and painless, so your child won’t require anesthetic. The sealant material is a unique liquid plastic. It is placed into the grooves and crevices. It is then hardened using a state-of-the-art ultraviolet light and, once a sealant is hardened, it becomes a protective layer to keep grooves and crevices clean.
Dental sealants can help prevent tooth decay and keep your child’s smile healthy and cavity-free. They can only be applied to healthy tooth structure, so don’t wait until your child has a cavity. Schedule a sealant appointment today by calling Drs. Cecilia Gyllenhoff and Samuel Cappiello at McLean Dental Care in McLean, Virginia. Call today to find out more about dental sealants!