When it comes to preserving dental health, it is never too early to start caring for your teeth. At Cataloochee Dental Group, we offer pediatric sealants in Clyde to protect your child's smile and ensure a lifetime of excellent oral health.
Dental sealant is the name for a treatment used to prevent cavities from developing. This treatment uses a protective layer of a liquid plastic composite that hardens over the biting surface of the teeth. By brushing the substance directly onto the teeth, we create a protective layer that makes it difficult for bacteria and acids to eat through the enamel and lead to tooth decay.
Sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth (molars). These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used in the chewing process and are the most difficult to reach and clean. Molars first come in at around five to seven years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early.
To place a sealant, an adhesive is first applied to the teeth. The sealant is then placed over the adhesive as a liquid, as if it was painted right onto the tooth. The liquid then hardens and creates a barrier between your child's tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria. Sealants last for about 10 years and can be reapplied if necessary.
At Cataloochee Dental Group, we are proud to offer comprehensive preventative care for patients of all ages. If you want to get your child's relationship with oral health started on the right foot, call us today to get started!