There are grooves in our teeth that are perfect for bacteria to hide in and cause decay. As an adult, this is easier to combat, but it can cause cavities and further dental issues in your child and it’s important to do whatever you can to keep your child’s smile healthy and strong. Dr. Chad Slocum, your family dentist at Penny Creek Family & Implant Dentistry in Mill Creek, WA, can explain how sealants can help protect your child’s smile and keep their teeth healthy and strong for years.
How Sealants Can Help Your Child’s Smile
There are nooks and crannies in your teeth that are perfect for food particles to hide in and attract decay-causing bacteria. Even with regular brushing, it’s possible to miss these little areas and this could cause cavities and decay. Your family dentist in Mill Creek, WA, may suggest that your child get sealants to help protect their teeth from these issues and keep their smile healthy.
Sealants are thin coatings that are applied to the chewing surface of the teeth, smoothing out the ridges and making it harder for food particles and bacteria to hide on the surfaces of the teeth. Your family dentist will first clean the surface of your child’s teeth and then etch the tooth with an abrasive substance to allow the sealants to stick to the tooth more securely. Once the sealant is applied, warm light is directed to the area the sealant has been applied to, helping it dry quickly and protect your child’s teeth. Sealants may need to be reapplied every 5 to 10 years to help keep your child’s smile protected for years to come.
Contact Your Family Dentist Today!
It’s important to do everything you can to protect your child’s teeth and keep them smiling for years. Contact Dr. Chad Slocum, your family dentist at Penny Creek Family & Implant Dentistry in Mill Creek, WA, to learn more about how sealants can protect teeth. Call today at (425) 337-7300.