No matter how careful your child may be about brushing, their back teeth have ridges that can trap food particles and plaque, potentially leading to tooth decay. Your child may not be able to remove all of the plaque and food from their molars, which is why our pediatric dentist, Dr. J. Cam West, may suggest dental sealants in Mesa, Arizona. To find out how dental sealants can protect your child’s smile, call 480-275-5099 today to schedule an appointment at Desert Sun Pediatric Dentistry.
A sealant is a preventive dental treatment that our pediatric dentist may recommend to protect your child’s teeth from decay. A dental sealant is made of a clear or tooth-colored resin material, which is painted onto the chewing surface of the back teeth. By blocking out the bacteria and food debris that lead to tooth decay, the sealant helps prevent decay and cavities. The dental sealant forms a smooth coating over the natural pits and grooves of the tooth surface, which also makes it easier to effectively clean teeth with normal brushing.
Dental sealants are most often recommended for children. Our pediatric dentist frequently recommends sealants for the permanent molars as soon as they come in, usually between the ages of 6 and 12 years. We can apply dental sealants in just one short, comfortable visit to our practice.
Sealants can be a powerful tool in preventing decay and keeping your child’s smile healthy. To learn more about dental sealants and how we can keep your child’s smile in good health, we welcome you to call or visit our office today.