Many children have a tough time reaching those hard to reach tooth surfaces with just a toothbrush, and even those who know how to floss properly still miss the tiny grooves and cracks in their teeth. When food particles are allowed to sit on a tooth's surface for an extended period of time, it can lead to decay and other costly issues. Truckee Pediatric Dentistry specializes in sealants for children so that their tiny teeth have an extra layer of protection against cavities and decay.
What Are Sealants?
Sealants are plastic resins that bond and harden to the entirety of a tooth's surface, even the tiniest and deepest of grooves and cracks. Once a tooth is sealed, food particles have a difficult time finding shelter and staying attached, which makes brushing much easier and more effective.
Sealants are used as a preventative measure against tooth decay and last anywhere from three to five years. Our Truckee children's dentist suggests waiting until a child's permanent teeth have erupted to apply a coat. However, adults can benefit from the procedure too, as it's one more measure to protect against tooth decay.
Occasionally, a parent will request sealants for his or her child despite the fact that the child still has his or her baby teeth. This is especially true in instances in which the child is prone to cavities and carries. While Dr. Matthew Gustafsson takes every parents' wish into consideration, he will make the final decision on whether or not to treat a patient based on what is in the best interest of the child.
Sealants are only effective when fully intact. If your child's sealant has chipped or come off, schedule an appointment to have his or her teeth resealed for continued protection.
Schedule Your Visit Today
Dr. Gustafsson is ready to partner with you on your mission to keep your child's smile white, bright and healthy. Contact our office at (530) 550-9311 to schedule your child's visit today. If your child is a new patient, learn more what you need to do to help him or her prepare for the big day.