Dental sealants protect decay-prone back teeth from cavities
Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, early damage to the teeth can be prevented by partnering with Liberty Dental Group in Brentwood, California. Led by Drs Mike Molosky and Emily Molosky, our team makes patients of all ages feel at ease with a warm and inviting approach to care. Additionally, we focus on proactive dentistry. Preventive services such as dental sealants protect the teeth from dental decay.
Sealants for children
Dental sealants are often associated with pediatric patients; however, they are appropriate for children and adults alike. We like to recommend this service as soon as possible, as these tooth-colored acrylic coatings are applied to the permanent chewing teeth to keep out all the substances that contribute to tooth decay. Lingering food particles and harmful oral bacteria can become trapped in the grooved surfaces of these teeth. Food and bacteria then combine to create plaque. The bacteria in plaque produce acids that erode at the teeth from the outside inwards. These chewing teeth include the premolars (bicuspids) and molars at the back of the mouth that break down and grind up food into tiny pieces.
While each child is different, generally, the first molars erupt through the gums around the ages of six or seven, with the first and second premolars to follow between the ages of 10 to 12 years. The second molars emerge between the ages of 11 to 13, and the final third molars (wisdom teeth) generally develop in the late teens to early 20s. Unlike their premolar and molar counterparts, these teeth are unnecessary for vital function and healthy oral development.
We want to preserve the other back teeth. The loss of these teeth can have devastating consequences for a child’s ability to eat properly and get healthy nutrition. Early loss of teeth also affects proper pronunciation and clear speech, self-confidence, and general development during a child’s critical formative years.
The power and convenience of sealants for all ages
Pediatric care is at the heart of proactive dentistry. Promoting a healthy routine and behaviors sets the stage for a lifetime of oral health and wellbeing. However, adults who are at an elevated risk of developing conditions such as tooth decay are also appropriate candidates for sealants. In fact, over time, patients can develop new challenges to their good oral health as they develop medical conditions. The medications used to manage these conditions can also present risks because many drugs are associated with dry mouth, which is a risk factor for tooth decay and gum disease.
The process of getting sealants is fast, painless, hassle-free, and safe for young patients and more “experienced” patients. The teeth to be treated are cleaned and dried. Then, a product is applied to support the strongest bond between the sealant and the natural tooth. After Drs Mike or Emily paint the sealant on as a liquid, it is hardened and secured firmly to the teeth. Additionally, this process can easily be integrated into routine hygiene appointments and is an inexpensive way to protect teeth from cavities and other threats. Preventive services such as sealants are generally more affordable and less time-consuming than restorative treatments (like fillings) to rebuild a portion (or all) of a tooth.
At Liberty Dental Group, we are privileged to serve patients in and around Oakley, Antioch, Bridgehead, Sandhill, Discovery Bay, and Bethel Island with comprehensive, cutting-edge, compassionate, and comfortable care. Call us today at (925) 634-3501 to schedule your appointment at our Brentwood office.