Gain another ounce of cavity protection with dental sealants
Dr. Karen Ho offers each of her patients the highest standard of dental care. She recognizes that children may face different dental concerns than their parents. Cavities, in particular, are a prevalent childhood disease. The good news is that you can help your child avoid this uncomfortable dental condition with preventative dental care and treatments like dental sealants. Patients in Hamilton can turn to Dentistry on Parkdale for services tailored to their needs.
The purpose of dental sealant treatment is to protect teeth most at risk for tooth decay. Sealants are usually applied to the molars, as these teeth tend to have deep grooves and pits in which tiny particles of food and bacteria may be trapped. Often, these pits are so deep that teeth are not sufficiently cleaned even with daily brushing and flossing. Dental sealant is a clear or tooth colored liquid plastic that quickly cures, or hardens within the pits of back teeth, preventing the buildup of debris and bacteria.
Dental sealant treatment is typically completed after a professional cleaning in which we ensure all surfaces are free of bacteria and plaque. Because treatment consists of the application of a liquid substance, there is no discomfort. After sealant has been applied to individual teeth, we shine light onto treated teeth to adhere sealants into place. Sealants require no special care and can last for several years. We encourage patients not to use teeth as tools, as this can disrupt the bond between sealants and tooth structure. Biting and chewing on hard objects, in general, is detrimental to healthy teeth.
Sealant material is a type of strong resin that can withstand the intense force of normal biting and chewing. Dr. Ho assesses the condition of sealants during routine examinations and reapplies as necessary if sealants become worn down over time. Typically, reapplication is only necessary every few years.
Dental sealant treatment is reserved for those teeth that are most prone to cavities in deep crevices. These areas are difficult to clean and benefit immensely from the protection of sealants. We do not recommend this treatment on smooth surfaces because cleaning is generally easier in these areas.
Sealing back teeth is a great way to increase protection against cavities. This treatment does not negate the need for good daily care with brushing and flossing as recommended. To give your child the best chance at a healthy, happy smile, ask our team about preventative treatment with dental sealants.
Call Dentistry on Parkdale today to schedule your family's exams and cleanings.