Palos Pediatric Dentistry

What Are Dental Sealants?

July 20, 2016
Posted By: Dr. Richard Facko
Dental Sealants Palos Heights

Prevent Decay with Dental Sealants 

If your child is particularly prone to dental decay, we have a secret weapon that fights cavities! We offer dental sealants in our Palos Heights pediatric dental office.

Dental sealants install a barrier between decay-causing bacteria and your child’s teeth. They are easy to apply and match the color of your child’s teeth. We simply paint dental sealants into the deep grooves of your child’s teeth, primarily in back teeth, where decay is most likely to develop. They are long lasting and can provide additional protection for up to five years, as long as they do not sustain damage. We will check your little one’s dental implants at each dental exam to make sure they are still providing protection.

Dental sealants cost a fraction of the cost of fillings and no anesthetic is necessary to apply them because they stay on the surface of your teeth.

Brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, fluoride treatments, and regular dental cleanings are all great ways to prevent cavities, but sometimes that is not enough. The bristles of the toothbrush cannot fit into the small microscopic grooves in your child’s teeth. Dental sealants provide a cost-effective solution and an additional layer of protection. Kids will need help brushing their teeth until they develop proper dexterity that allows them to reach every surface of their teeth.

Dental Sealants in Palos Heights

Preserving your child’s baby teeth is essential to the proper development of their permanent teeth. Baby (primary) teeth provide guidance and act as a space holder for permanent teeth. When your child loses a baby tooth prematurely, they can end up with a misaligned smile.

At Palos Pediatric Dentistry, we focus on prevention in order to protect your child’s precious smile. If you want dental sealants in Palos Heights, contact our office and we will find a time that works well for you.

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