Childhood is a very delicate time for your child’s teeth and protecting them from the ravages of tooth decay and the cavities they form is a primary goal. We’re committed to helping you keep your child’s teeth in top condition so that they will not cause any pain and will fall out on their normal schedule. Our pediatric dentist in Carson wants everything to run smoothly in the transition from primary (baby) teeth to permanent (adult) teeth. There are many methods we use to make that a reality, and one of them is the use of dental sealants.
Preventing cavities begins, of course, at home. Our pediatric dentist in Carson will work with you to develop a strategy that includes a nutritious diet, limiting sugary treats and beverages, and dedication to brushing after meals as well as daily flossing. Coming in with your child every periodically (typically every six months) for a checkup is also essential. But the reality is that sometimes she or he may need some extra help. That’s where dental sealants come in.
If you’re not familiar, we’re referring to a thin coating that is made out of plastic. Our pediatric dentist in Carson will paint it onto the part of your child’s teeth that do the chewing. Generally, the back teeth are the ones that will require this process. Dental sealant bonds into the depressions and grooves of your child’s teeth. These are the spots that are very trick to clean thoroughly during brushing and flossing. The sealant forms a barrier across his or her enamel and works to keep out the effects of plaque: namely tooth decay.
And if you’re worried about how your child will react, let us assure you that it’s not at all painful or complicated. Ins’t that a relief? Our pediatric dentist in Carson by cleaning your child’s teeth and then drying them completely. Cotton or its equivalent will be used to maintain dryness. An acid solution is then applied to the chewing surfaces to make them rougher and allow for more effective bonding of the sealant. Rinsing and drying follow, and then the painting of the sealant. A curing light may be used to facilitate bonding.