Cavities and tooth decay can wreak havoc on your child's smile before their teeth have even fully developed. Everything from sugary snacks and drinks to how they brush their teeth can lead to bacteria buildup that eventually turns into a cavity. But there are a number of steps that parents can take to make it easier for children to practice good oral hygiene, and harder for cavity causing bacteria to hide away where a toothbrush and floss can't reach. Dr. Jonathan Greene, a family dentist in Norwich, CT, recommends sealants to help protect young teeth from decay.
Dental Sealants in Norwich, CT
Dental sealants are an invisible layer of protection for your child's molars. Sealants create a smooth and even plane on the chewing surface of the molars so that it's easier for kids to brush. A flat chewing surface eliminates the the crevices (known as pits and fissures) found on molars where bacteria can stow away and combine with the acids from saliva and food to form cavities.
According to statistics, dental sealants have been found to reduce childhood cavities by as much as 80%.
What if my child is afraid of the dentist?
The application process for dental sealants is quick and non-invasive, so there are no needles, drills, or scary dental instruments involved. First the teeth are cleaned in preparation, followed by the application of a gel to "etch" the surface of the molars to bind the sealants. The sealants from your family dentist are also applied in liquid form and made from clear composite material which is then hardened with a blue light. Sealants can last for several years, and your child will still be able to undergo checkups and dental treatments as normal. Sealants are not a substitute for oral hygiene, dental care, and a healthy diet, but an extra layer of protection against tooth decay.
Find a Family Dentist in Norwich, CT
For more information about the benefits of dental sealants and how they can protect your child's oral health, contact Greene Dental Group today by calling (860) 889-8427 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Greene today.