What we won't do for our children! Karate class, good food and clothes and great oral health--these priorities keep parents busy. Wouldn't it be nice to lighten the responsibility? With dental sealants from The Dental Dimensions in South San Jose and West San Jose, CA, you and your dentists can protect your youngsters' teeth against decay with one simple application. Here's what these thin, plastic coatings do for the health of your child's smile.
The problem of tooth decay
It's more prevalent than you may realize. In fact, tooth decay is on the rise in very young kids, says the Centers for Disease Control. Your children should see the dentist as soon as they receive their first baby teeth and every six months thereafter. In addition to a healthy diet, prophylactic examinations, X-rays and cleanings, plastic sealants defend young teeth against the threat of cavities.
An added layer of protection
When you help your little ones brush, do you notice how deeply grooved their molars and premolars are? Besides the pits and crags you can see, there are many more you cannot. These crevices collect food residues despite your best oral hygiene practices and tooth-friendly meals, snacks and drinks.
That's where plastic sealants come in. Recommended for many children for both baby and adult teeth, sealants are an easily applied and economical cavity preventive.
How sealants work
Your San Jose, CA, dentist applies sealants after your hygienist has thoroughly cleaned your child's teeth. The dentist dries the chewing surfaces and applies a mild etching liquid to condition the teeth.
Then, he or she literally paint on the plastic sealant liquid, ensuring the material penetrates the grooves and fissures completely. A blue light hardens each treated surface, completing the procedure. Most sealant applications last at least one year, conferring excellent protection against the corrosive action of common oral bacteria.
Dr. Shetty, Dr. Bhatia, and Dr. Yoneyama love seeing their young patients smile with vibrant health and their parents ...happy with the results preventive dentistry produces. To find out more about plastic sealants for your youngsters, call The Dental Dimensions in South San Jose and West San Jose, CA at (408) 225-6815 for the South San Jose office or (408) 252-3212 for the West San Jose office.