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At Crabtree Pediatric Dentistry, we are proponents of prevention rather than treating dental problems after they develop. We are proud to offer a range of preventive services, including dental sealants, to keep tooth decay and cavities at bay. We are all about setting the stage for a lifetime of healthy smiles!
Why Would Your Child Need Dental Sealants?
Encouraging regular brushing and flossing is one of the best ways to maintain healthy teeth. However, grooves and crevices on the chewing surfaces of premolars and molars, called pits and fissures, can trap plaque and food particles. That allows bacteria to thrive and attack the tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are thin protective coatings made of a transparent resin material. When placed on the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars, they bond to the tooth structure, forming a shield that essentially seals out food and bacteria. Studies show that sealants lower the risk of tooth decay in molars by almost 80 percent!
When Should You Have Dental Sealants Placed?
At Crabtree Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend applying dental sealants as soon as the six-year molars fully come in. You'll also need to make sure to have them placed when the 12-year molars erupt. Protecting those teeth right from the start will help lower the chances of decay in those hard-to-clean grooves and help prevent future dental problems.
What Is the Dental Sealant Procedure?
Applying sealants is a quick, safe, and painless procedure that requires no anesthesia or drilling! After carefully cleaning and drying your child's teeth, we will prepare the tooth surfaces with an etching solution to allow the sealants to bond. Next, we will paint the resin material onto the prepared teeth and use a curing light to harden it, which seals off the teeth and provides a protective barrier. Your child’s bite may feel slightly high but will feel normal in a few days.
Dental Sealants Near Me
Contact Crabtree Pediatric Dentistry to learn more about placing dental sealants to prevent cavities and enhance your child's oral health. Dr. Kristen and her outstanding team are committed to providing quality preventive services for healthy teeth and beautiful smiles. Call our Rogers, AR, office and schedule your child's appointment today!
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