Sealants in San Marcos, CA
Food and bacteria can become trapped in the deep grooves and pits of the back molars. Sometimes even the most meticulous brushing and flossing cannot fully clean these areas. Food particles left behind can quickly become superb breeding grounds for harmful bacteria that often lead to serious dental issues. Research has shown that up to 80% of all children’s cavities develop in these areas. Dental sealants from Pediatric Dentistry of San Marcos protect these chewing surfaces from tooth decay by providing a barrier between your vulnerable tooth surface and food and bacteria. Application is simple, quick and only takes one appointment. Additionally, the sealants that we use at Pediatric Dentistry of San Marcos do not contain Bisphenol A (BPA).
The procedure is simple:
- The surface of the tooth is carefully cleaned and rinsed
- Then the sealant is placed onto the tooth, filling every small depression and groove.
- The sealant hardens in just a matter of seconds.
- Sealants can be reapplied as necessary.
Most sealant applications can last for several years under normal chewing and biting conditions. Children should have sealants placed on their permanent molars as soon as they fully erupt to prevent cavities. Teenagers and young adults who are prone to decay may also benefit from sealants. While certainly recommended, sealants are not as essential for young adults as they are for young children. Sealants are a cost-effective prevention option, and when used along with regular dental check-ups and cleanings, they provide perhaps the most effective defense for tooth decay possible.
If you have any questions about dental sealants or if you are ready to schedule your child’s appointment, don’t hesitate to call Pediatric Dentistry of San Marcos at 760-798-2825.