Some kids should hold a grudge against their parents, and not because they asked them to clean their room. They can thank them for the deep fissures in their molars, a simple product of genetics. These deep creases are very difficult to keep clean. Really, for children with deep fissures in their molars it’s just a matter of time before decay begins to form from the bacteria attracted to the food particles lodged down deep.
Fortunately, dental sealants from Park View can fill those crevices. At Park View, we’re all about prevention and sealants are a great method to combat tooth decay.
What are sealants?
Sealants are a thin plastic coating that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the molars. The sealant is cured with a special light and fills in the depressions and grooves in the molars, bonding to the teeth and forming a protective shield on those teeth.
Who should get sealants?
At Park View, we recommend that children and teenagers with even moderate grooves in their teeth should get sealants. This isn’t some sort of overkill on our part. Sealants protect the teeth during the most cavity-prone years, ages six to 14.
How are sealants applied?
Applying sealants is simple.
1. First, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned.
2. Each tooth to be sealed is dried.
3. An acid solution is put on the chewing surface of each molar to create a rougher surface for the sealant to bond to.
4. This is then rinsed and the teeth again dried.
5. Sealant is painted onto the tooth and a curing light is used to harden the sealant.
How long do sealants last?
Sealants usually last 10 years or so, but they can last far longer. The important thing is to have them on the teeth during youth.
Sealants are truly preventative dental care. If your child’s molars look like a glacier on Mt. Everest, let’s fill those crevices with sealants. Call us at 212-879-6518 for an appointment.