Shield Teeth From Cavities
One of the biggest concerns when we see a patient of any age for their routine hygiene examination is whether there is tooth decay and a filling or other treatment will be needed. This is especially a concern for our young patients, and we understand. Parents can get frustrated because it can be difficult for children to brush their teeth properly, especially when it comes to the small crevices in the back molars. Without proper brushing, decay can begin to develop. We offer a treatment that can be beneficial for all of our patients, young and old, who are concerned about tooth decay. Read on to learn more about this treatment.
What are Dental Sealants?
No matter how hard we try to brush our teeth, sometimes decay finds a way to develop. This is especially common in small children who struggle to brush their teeth properly. Thankfully, there is a treatment available that can help protect the back molars from developing decay — dental sealants. A dental sealant is a clear coating that is brushed on the chewing surface of the teeth and hardens as it dries. The treatment is typically used on the back teeth, which are most vulnerable to decay. Once the material dries, it leaves a smooth chewing surface, making it much easier to clean.
Although this treatment is primarily recommended for children, adults who have never experienced decay in their molars may be eligible as well. The treatment is typically completed following a routine hygiene examination and cleaning and only takes minutes. Sealants can provide many years of protection for your teeth and can easily be reapplied if necessary.
If you, your child, or another family member is due for a hygiene examination be sure to contact our office, which is located in Terre Haute, IN, to schedule an appointment. During the examination, we can inspect to ensure tooth decay is not present or developing. We will also make a recommendation if we feel sealants are necessary. We look forward to seeing you soon!