Today’s dental blog focuses on a preventative treatment often used to help impede the development of cavities in Doylestown. Dental sealants are a thin coat of clear resin that is applied to the biting surfaces of teeth, usually the rear molars. The back teeth are more prone to cavities because is difficult to reach them with a tooth brush and the surfaces contain pits and grooves that easily trap bacteria. It is hard for many adults to clean their back molars and almost impossible for our young children.
Dental sealants fill in the pits and grooves on the rear molars to create a smooth surface. Family dentists most often recommend sealants for children’s permanent back teeth, though sometimes they are used for adults too.
Lansdale parents may not realize how quickly a cavity can form in a young child’s mouth. Many children that we see with cavities in Doylestown haven’t even started kindergarten yet! It is vital that our local parents start regular dental visits early for their toddlers and young children. The American Dental Association advises that a child’s initial dental exam take place soon after the first tooth erupts, but no later than the toddler’s first birthday.
Dental sealants protect teeth that have no decay and also prevent further decay progression in teeth that show very early signs of disease. At Kevin Bass DMD Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we take special care of our young Lansdale dental patients. We want each child’s dental visits to be pleasant and painless so they will never develop a fear of the dentist. We advise parents on the specific dental issues associated with each stage of childhood. Ask us about fluoride treatments, sports mouth guards, and orthodontic treatment.
At Kevin Bass DMD Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we don’t believe that childhood cavities in Doylestown are unavoidable. Call our office at 215-368-1424 to schedule a dental exam. We provide comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry for Doylestown people of all ages.