Even adults sometimes neglect their dental care, so it’s not really fair to expect children to be perfect. Even with excellent oral hygiene, the deep grooves in the back teeth can make it nearly impossible to remove all bacteria, acid, and plaque. This can lead to decay. Once your child gets to that point, the only solution is a filling or, in severe cases, a crown.
This is why we recommend the application of dental sealants to the back teeth of our patients who we determine to be “high risk” for tooth decay. First, we clean and sterilize the teeth. Next, we apply a thin plastic coating that’s usually white or clear. A curing light bonds the sealant to the tooth in seconds. Because there are no shots or drilling required, and no removal of tooth structure, the procedure is painless!
Do you have questions about how dental sealants can prevent tooth decay? Give us a call today at (719) 265-9600.