PREVENTING CHILD TOOTH DECAY – THE EASY WAY!Trying to brush back teeth is a challenge even when we’re adults. Grooves can be deep and difficult for bristles to reach. This is particularly true for kids whose dexterity isn’t yet completely developed. This allows bacteria and acids to remain and trigger plaque formation, which will lead to decay. And once a tooth has decay, it is impaired permanently and will require a filling or a crown.
The use of dental sealants helps offset a child’s inability to brush correctly, shielding their teeth from damage. The procedure is harmless, painless, and takes just a few minutes to complete. After the tooth (or teeth) is cleansed and sterilized, a light coat of a white or clear, plastic sealant is painted on the tooth. Then a curing light is focused on the sealant to bond it into place. This requires no shots, drills, or the elimination of any tooth structure. Employing dental sealants is one of the best pre-emptive actions for both children and adolescents to preserve their natural teeth!
Hicks Family Dentistry
Kevin Hicks, DDS
756 Lititz Pike
Lititz, PA 17543