Dental Sealants For Children
From Our Chicago & Glenview Pediatric Dental Offices
Yummy Dental & Orthodontics is a Chicago pediatric dentistry office that loves kids big and small! We ensure the parents of our patients that their children will receive the best quality dental & orthodontic care delivered by a fantastic team of professionals in our kid-friendly environment!
One of the dental services we provide children is dental sealant treatment to help protect the chewing surfaces of the teeth against decay. A cavity is most likely to develop on a chewing surface of a tooth due to the tiny grooves which are present. These grooves are known as “pits and fissures” and they provide decay-causing bacteria with the optimal conditions in which to grow. These dark & moist tiny grooves are also where bits of food become trapped which if not removed, can lead to tooth decay.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are transparent coatings made of a plastic resin material that work by smoothing out the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. This helps the teeth resist decay. When the back teeth are sealed, your child will most likely avoid getting cavities on these teeth to help him or her avoid the associated pain and the need for treatment while you can enjoy not having to pay for the treatment he or she needs.
How We Place Sealants On Teeth
Applying sealants to your child’s teeth is a painless procedure due to there being no nerves in tooth enamel. The first step involved in placing sealants is checking for any present decay. If decay is found, it will be gently removed. We then rinse and dry the teeth and apply the sealant in liquid form. In about one minute, the sealant will dry with or without the use of a special curing light. And that is all there is to it!
A note to parents about BPA: In 2012, there was quite a bit of media coverage concerning trace amounts of the chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) that is found in some but not all dental resins. The concern with this is that BPA may contribute to behavioral problems in children. However, it has never been proven that BPA in dental sealants lead to these problems. In fact, BPA is more commonly found in food and beverage packaging than it is in dental resins. For your peace of mind, both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association support the use of dental sealants. If you have any questions or concerns about this matter, please speak with us.
Caring for Sealed Teeth
Taking good care of your child’s sealed teeth is no different than caring for unsealed teeth. Just be sure your child does a consistently great job of brushing & flossing and that he or she visits our Chicago pediatric dentistry practice for professional cleanings every six month. During these appointments, we will check the sealants for any wear & tear. You can expect the sealants to last for approximately 10 years. During this time, your child can enjoy a much lower risk for developing tooth decay for a healthier and happier smile!
Contact Us at Our Chicago or Glenview Offices
Dr. Yum and her entire team are very friendly and more than happy to answer your questions or address any concerns you may have about dental sealants, the treatments we offer or our practice. If you would like to speak with us, you can give us a call at either one of our two offices in Glenview or Chicago or you can simply contact us online.
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