This blog post from Destination Dentistry in Custer SD focuses on a preventative treatment often used to help impede the development of cavities in children, and protect their dental health.
Dental sealants are a thin coat of clear resin that is applied to the biting surfaces of teeth, usually the rear molars. The back teeth are more prone to cavities because is difficult to reach them with a tooth brush and the surfaces contain pits and grooves that easily trap bacteria. It is hard for many adults to clean their back molars and almost impossible for young children.
Dental sealants fill in the pits and grooves on the rear molars to create a smooth surface. We most often recommend sealants for children’s permanent back teeth, though sometimes they are used for adults, too.
Parents may not realize how quickly a cavity can form in a young child’s mouth. Many kids that we see develop cavities even before they start kindergarten!
It is vital that our local parents start regular dental visits early for their toddlers and young children. The American Dental Association advises that a child’s initial dental exam take place soon after the first tooth erupts, but no later than the toddler’s first birthday.
Dental sealants protect teeth that have no decay (primary prevention) and also prevent further decay progression in teeth that show very early signs of disease (secondary prevention).
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