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Dental Sealants Protect Precious Smiles

General Dentistry Windham NHMany children imagine what it would be like to have a Superpower. In fact, all children have a sort of superpower than adults have forgotten: their smile. According to statistics, children smile ten times more than adults; about 400 times a day. That’s a pretty fantastic fete! Because we want to support children in their magical ability to smile at just about anything or for any reason, we encourage parents to consider the value of dental sealants.

What are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealant treatment is a preventive measure against tooth decay. This painless process places a barrier between natural enamel and the debris and bacteria that could break it down. A child’s back teeth have deep grooves that help break food down into tiny pieces. Actually, adults also have these deep grooves in molars. Though necessary, these pits can also hold tiny particles of food. Ultimately, trapped food results in decay and the need for a dental filling or more substantial restoration.

Placing dental sealants into the deep grooves and fissures of premolars and molars creates a layer of protection. The liquid sealant seeps into grooves so debris cannot get trapped. According to studies, a child who receives dental sealants is 80 percent less likely to develop cavities on these chewing surfaces than an untreated patient.

Treatment is Quick and Simple

We understand that it can be unsettling to hand your child off to a dentist for any treatment. Children and their parents understandably want to avoid painful situations. Dental sealants can facilitate this desire. There is no discomfort in getting dental sealants. The process involves simple steps:

  • Teeth are cleaned and polished during a routine visit.
  • Teeth that will be sealed are dried and isolated so liquid sealant does not go where it doesn’t belong.
  • Enamel is slightly etched, or roughed, to promote a strong bond with liquid sealant.
  • The liquid is painted on each tooth individually, layering as necessary to protect deep pits.
  • Light is used to transform the liquid into a solid that adheres to the tooth for up to 5 years.
  • Teeth are evaluated to ensure adequate coverage.

Dental sealants are appropriate for most children who have begun to develop permanent teeth, which usually occurs around age 6 or 7. Teeth may be retreated every few years as needed to maintain the barrier against decay.

Our Methuen and Windham offices provide friendly, professional care with a smile. Contact an office near you to schedule your visit.