Cleanings & Prevention
Dental Sealants & Advanced Dental Care For Children In The Tualatin Area
At Candace L. Peterson, DMD
we want to make sure the whole family has healthy and beautiful smiles, which is why we are proud to offer kids in the Tualatin, Tigard and surrounding Southwest Portland area with expert dentistry for children. Dental sealants are just one of the ways that you can help ensure that your child gets a strong start to a lifetime of carefree dental visits and a healthy smile.
What Are Dental Sealants?
A sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of molars, premolars and any deep grooves (pits, and fissures) of the teeth. More than 75% of dental decay starts in these grooves, which is why sealants have become so important. People that have such deep groves are more susceptible to plaque and tooth decay, as these types of teeth are difficult to clean. A sealant protects the tooth by covering (or sealing) the deep groves, creating a smooth and easy to clean surface.
Who Should Have Sealants & When?
- Children and teenagers: As soon as the six-year molars (first permanent back teeth) appear or any time throughout the cavity prone 6-16 years of age
- Adults: Occasionally we may suggest that adults receive sealants if their teeth are deemed to be susceptible to decay
- Baby teeth: Sealants on baby teeth are sometimes done if the teeth have deep grooves and the child is cavity prone
What Sealants Involve
or a dental hygienist
can easily apply sealants, and the process only takes a couple of minutes per tooth. The teeth that are to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned and then surrounded with cotton to keep the area dry. A special solution is applied to the enamel surface to help the sealant bond to the teeth. The teeth are then rinsed and dried. Sealant material is carefully painted onto the enamel surface to cover the deep grooves or depressions. Depending on the type of sealant used, the material will either harden automatically or with a special curing light.
Proper home care
, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new sealants.