Sealants for Prevention of Decay

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We want our children to have good dental health. Having sealants applied can protect teeth from decay by smoothing out natural pits and fissures in teeth. They help protect against plaque and acids that can damage your children’s teeth.

Early Application
It is recommended to apply sealants soon after the permanent molars erupt. The first permanent molars typically arrive between 5 and 7 years and the second permanent molars between 11 and 12 years. The procedure for application of sealants is quick and painless and can protect your child’s teeth not only from decay, but also from natural wear. The tooth is polished to remove food debris and plaque. Then the tooth is isolated and dried. Finally, the dental sealant material is painted on with a brush and a self-curing light is used to bond the sealant to the surface, leaving a protective coating over the tooth.

Avoids Plaque Buildup
The food particles that can attach to unprotected molars are difficult to remove through brushing alone. These particles cause a buildup of plaque to occur, causing a variety of dental health issues including cavities, damaged enamel and gingivitis. Gingivitis is an early type of gum disease that can lead to periodontal disease, which breaks down the gum tissue and bone.

Our dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Erickson, can determine the presence of pits and fissures in your child’s molars and determine the best treatment for prevention of decay. You are welcome to call Texas Kids Dental at 915-858-6868 in El Paso, Texas, and schedule an appointment.