Orange City and Deltona, FL
Tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic disease among children in the United States, and it is on the rise. At Terry Soule, DDS, we can provide your child an additional layer of protection against cavities as they grow by applying sealants to their back teeth.
What are sealants?
A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is applied into the grooves of the back teeth, where cavities are most prone. Sealants essentially create a barrier to prevent bacteria from becoming trapped in these hard to clean areas of the teeth.
How do sealants work?
Applying a sealant is a fast and convenient process. One of our experienced and compassionate Orange City dental hygienists will apply the sealants to your child’s teeth following a thorough dental cleaning and checkup. The sealant bonds onto the tooth and looks natural as it blends in. Once this bonding is complete, it serves as a barrier that protects against the formation of cavities.
Why are sealants important for my child’s oral health?
Applying sealants to teeth, especially when combined with a diligent regimen of at-home oral hygiene with daily brushing and flossing and regularly scheduled check-ups with your dentist, significantly reduces your child’s risk of tooth decay. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 who did not receive sealants had three times the number of cavities as compared to children who received sealants, according to studies published by the CDC.
How long do sealants last?
Once applied, sealants remains effective for an average lifespan of three to five years. In certain cases, however, patients have had sealants applied as children that remain effective until or well after they reach adulthood. Your child can extend the effectiveness of their sealants by practicing good oral hygiene: brushing their teeth twice per day, flossing daily, and maintaining a regular schedule of dental check-ups every six months for an oral examination and a professional dental cleaning. Parents also should encourage their children not to use their teeth as tools or to chew inanimate objects, as well as avoid sticky foods or candies such as caramels and taffy.
How do I know if sealants are right for my child?
Generally speaking, children can benefit from sealants—especially if they have yet to learn proper oral hygiene routines. Sealants often are applied to permanent teeth at the back of the mouth, such as molars and bicuspids. Not only are these teeth located in areas that can be difficult for a child to reach with a toothbrush, but also permanent molars have deep grooves that can be problematic to keep clean.
Dr. Soule typically opts to apply sealants exclusively to permanent teeth, especially those that have just erupted from the gum line and not yet had a chance to succumb to the effects of bacteria. However, adults may also, at times, benefit from sealants. Speak with Dr. Soule if you think sealants may be a good option for you or your child.
Pediatric Dentistry in Orange City
Children lose thousands of hours of classroom time each year going to the dentist to have cavities and areas of tooth decay repaired. Preventive care treatments like sealants can lower your child’s risk of tooth decay, and the associated issues such as tooth loss and an increased risk of gum disease. Terry Soule, DDS, provides comprehensive, compassionate care to patients of any age. To learn more about sealants or any of the other treatments available as part of the program of preventive care at Terry Soule, DDS, call our office at (386) 775-1552.
Terry Soule, DDS, is proud to serve patients in the areas of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City.