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As parents, we all want our children to be healthy and that includes dental health. Applying sealants may protect teeth from decay, they work by smoothing out natural pits and fissures in the teeth. They help protect teeth from plaque and acids that can damage tooth enamel.

Early Application
Having sealants applied soon after your child’s permanent molars erupt is advised to get the best benefit from them. The first permanent molars generally arrive between 5 and 7 years and the second permanent molars between 11 and 12 years. Applying sealants is a quick and painless procedure and can protect your child’s teeth from natural wear as well as decay. 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.

Avoids Plaque Buildup
The food particles that can attach to unsealed molars are difficult to remove through brushing alone. These particles cause a buildup of plaque to occur, causing a variety of dental health problems including cavities 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 dentists can determine to what extent pits and fissures exist in your child’s molars and advise you what the best treatment is for prevention of decay. To schedule an appointment please call Sunny Smiles Dentistry at 805-644-5516 in Ventura, California.