Children have a tendency to develop tooth decay in areas such as the molars. These permanent teeth near the back of the mouth have lots of grooves and pits that can make it difficult for children to thoroughly remove food particles and plaque. Adults often develop decay in this area as well. Bacteria can easily hide in the back of the mouth and aid in the formation of cavities. Regardless of how well you and your child brush and floss the teeth, it can become almost impossible to keep these well-hidden areas clean.
Because of the difficulty in cleaning this area of the smile, Edna Dentistry recommends the placement of sealants. Sealants are a special material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth (specifically the molars) to smooth out the pits and grooves where bacteria can hide. The sealants make it much easier for patients to brush with the toothbrush and successfully remove bacteria that can create cavities.
Sealants are applied quickly and easily during a dental visit. The process starts with a thorough dental cleaning. Then, the teeth are etched using a special solution that helps the sealant adhere to the enamel of the teeth. The sealant is then brushed onto the teeth and hardened using a specialized light. This finishes the bonding process. Since the procedure is child-friendly, there’s no need for drilling or anesthetics.