Children, even with the best brushing and flossing habits, are cavity-prone. Protecting their baby teeth as well as their permanent teeth from cavities is important to their overall oral health for a lifetime. Cavities most frequently develop on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, because the surface is not smooth leaving small places for food that are hard to reach with brushing.
Creating even more challenges is the fact that newly erupted permanent teeth are not as strong and resistant to decay as adult teeth. The good news is that dental sealants can help your children protect those most vulnerable teeth in the back of their mouths from plaque buildups that lead to cavities.
Dental sealants are invisible plastic resin coatings that create a barrier on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The coating smooths the surface of the teeth making them resistant to decay and easier to clean. Sealants are “painted” on the tooth with a brush that resembles a nail polish brush. They can be applied quickly and in many cases, require little or no time away from eating or drinking. Sealants are covered by most insurance policies.
The dental team at Sai Dental Care specializes in keeping your children’s teeth healthy for many years to come. On your next routine checkup to Sai Dental Care, be sure to inquire if sealants might be a good option for the young ones in your family. We recommend a routine exam every six months for both children and adults. Schedule yours today at one of our conveniently located offices in either Santa Rosa at (707) 244-9904 or in Sonoma at (707) 273-6323.