Almost half of all children and adolescents in the United States have had cavities in their permanent teeth. The doctors at Southern Cross Dental recommend dental sealants for pediatric patients to avoid becoming part of this statistic. A dental sealant is the best defense against early tooth decay, and preserves teeth and tooth enamel.
Most tooth decay in children and teenagers occurs on the chewing surfaces of molars, where the pits and grooves tend to trap food and bacteria. Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed on each set of molars when they first come in to ensure they are protected early.
Sealants are applied to surfaces of these molars much like paint. The plastic resin fills any pits and grooves on the surface and hardens. Now the surface is protected from bits of food being stuck, so bacteria cannot multiply and cause decay, and tooth enamel is protected from plaque and acids. Sealants can effectively prevent cavities for up to ten years and can be reapplied of necessary.
To learn more about sealants and all the services we provide, visit www.southerncrossfamilydentistry.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.