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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.
A dental sealant is a clear, plastic coating that is bonded to the vulnerable chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and pre-molars) where decay most often occurs. These protective sealants cover the tooth surface to "seal out" food and plaque, thus reducing the risk of decay.
The probability of developing decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious candidates for dental sealants during their most cavity-prone years. But that doesn't mean adults at risk for tooth decay can't benefit from sealants as well.
At The Dental Dimensions, sealants can be applied quickly, easily and comfortably without the need for drilling or the removal of tooth structure. The sealant is painted onto the tooth to form a protective shield, and bonds into the pits and grooves of the chewing surfaces, acting as a barrier to protect enamel from harmful plaque. Sealants can last for several years and can be reapplied by our San Jose dental office as necessary.
A Healthy Smile Calls for Good Dental Hygiene
Sealants are only one part of preventive dental care and should not replace good oral hygiene. Instead, sealants preserve the teeth, adding additional protection to prevent decay and reducing the likelihood for extensive dental procedures later on. In addition to sealants, a comprehensive dental program should include twice-daily brushing, fluoride, healthy food choices and regular visits to our San Jose office.
Even if you brush and floss carefully, it can be very difficult- and even impossible- to remove food and bacteria buildup from the tiny crevices on certain teeth, which puts you at risk for tooth decay. Talk to The Dental Dimensions about dental sealants at your next appointment. Combined with good dental hygiene, you can feel more confident that your smile is protected from the harmful plaque that causes cavities.