If your child is experiencing cavities on their molars, even with diligent brushing and flossing, we invite you to check out dental sealants to help protect their molars or premolars from tooth decay. The molars are often particularly vulnerable to cavities because they are so challenging to reach in the back of the mouth. Children often find thoroughly cleaning the fissures and grooves of the molars difficult to do, and unfortunately, bacterial plaque and food particles can build up, creating holes in the enamel resulting in cavities.
Thankfully, our dentist, Dr. Jenny Hawkins offers dental sealants protection for our patients. This thin protective coating, when applied to tooth’s surface, provides cover for the ridges and grooves, effectively “sealing out” the things that can harm tooth enamel.
While cavity prone-adults can also benefit from dental sealants, children seem to benefit the most. In fact, dental sealants have been proven to lessen the risk of tooth decay in molars by almost 80%, with children without dental sealant protection having three times more cavities than those with sealants.
To apply dental sealants, the tooth is first cleaned and thoroughly dried. Then, our dentist applies an acidic gel to the molar’s surface to roughen it and give the sealant something to bond with the tooth. After a few minutes, our dentist will rinse off the gel, dry the tooth, and then apply the sealant onto the grooves. Finally, our dentist hardens the sealant material is with the help of a special blue light.
To learn more about how dental sealants can help your child, or to schedule a visit with us, please call 301-863-8822 at Pax Dental in Lexington Park, Maryland. We look forward to helping your child with all of their dental needs!