Extra Protection Against Cavities with Dental Sealants
A consistently good hygiene routine, coupled with regular dental checkups and cleanings, can help you largely prevent cavities and other common dental issues. For children, though, keeping up with good hygiene at home on a regular basis can prove more challenging, and their risks of cavities can therefore be higher. To help your children keep their teeth strong and healthy, Dr. Chen can recommend a number of treatments, including dental sealants.
A sealant is a thin layer of safe, biocompatible plastic material that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of premolars and molars. The pits and fissures on the tops of back teeth are popular areas for cavity development because they are more difficult to clean with a toothbrush and floss. Sealants provide an additional layer of protection to this area from dental plaque, which contains oral bacteria that lead to tooth decay and cavities.
In the Office
Sealants are often recommended for children to counteract their sometimes-increased risks of cavities, especially in their back teeth. During your child’s checkup and cleaning appointment, Dr. Chen can assess if sealants are necessary, and can “paint” the material onto your child’s teeth during the same appointment. With the barriers in place, food particles and plaque cannot gather in the crevices on your child’s molars and premolars.
Dental sealants are durable enough to withstand your child’s bite pressure, and may last for several years, but only when combined with a good hygiene routine and regular preventative dental care. Dr. Chen will examine the sealants during your child’s following checkup and cleaning appointments, and reapply them if they become excessively worn or loose.
Brighter Smiles at Illume Dental in McKinney, TX
At Illume Dental, we are committed to maintaining an excellent level of service for everyone. Our philosophy is that exceptional dental care begins with a personal relationship with your dentist and dental care team. Therefore, every treatment is tailored to meet your unique needs and exceed your expectations. To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Chen, call Illume Dental in McKinney, TX, today at (469) 301-1255. We proudly welcome patients from McKinney, TX, as well as Allen, Plano, Frisco, and all surrounding communities.