When it comes to preventing dental caries, it’s important to find ways to control bacteria. At Connie J Smith DDS in Dallas, TX, we have multiple preventive procedures to keep your natural teeth healthy. Prevention takes extra effort, but it protects thousands of patients from serious dental and health issues.
Dental sealants can be applied to teeth to protect them and prevent dental infections. Looking for dental sealants in Dallas, TX should be primarily for children. Adults can get sealants too, but they have a higher value in children up to the age of 15 years old.
Dental sealants are used to shut off grooves found on premolars and molars. These grooves aren’t abnormal. We all have them. Children start to get premolars and molars around the age of six years old. The problem with these grooves is that they can act as hiding spots or homes for bacteria. If bacteria can get to these grooves, they’ll be safe from the toothbrush.
Children prefer sweets and are less likely to regularly and thoroughly brush their teeth. These factors make them more vulnerable to the harmful effects of bacteria. By sealing these grooves, we’ll be shutting down a potential source of dental infections.
Sealants are made of composite resin. This is a material that is also used in fillings and dental bonding. It’s not rigid, so it can be shaped for various dental purposes. Its color is white, so it’ll match your child’s teeth. At Connie J Smith DDS, we can apply sealants to your child’s teeth in minutes. After preparing the tooth, we’ll apply the composite resin then harden it.
Dental sealants last about four to five years then fade. Children might need repeated sealant application to some teeth. We will also need to see your child several times as new teeth erupt. Premolars and molars don’t all erupt at the same time. These procedures are painless, and your child will remain comfortable. We’re always working on making our office a comfortable space for all members of the family, including children.