Prevent tooth decay easily and effectively with protective dental sealants
Around six of every ten third-graders in Nebraska has experienced tooth decay, according to the Department of Health and Human Services; however, the DHHS has identified the use of dental sealants as a protective factor to reduce the risk of cavities and other forms of tooth decay. Dental decay is one of the leading causes of tooth loss, and is associated with more missed school days among school-aged children. And, while at Innovative Dental Care in Omaha, Nebraska, we encourage the application of sealants sooner rather than later, this protective coating for decay-prone back teeth is appropriate for patients across the age spectrum.
Dental sealants are a professional preventative service applied by our dentist, a graduate of Creighton’s School of Dentistry, Dr. Summer Gutschow. Sealants are easy to apply and can be integrated seamlessly into dental check-ups.
Basically, this service involves placing a safe, BPA-free sealant product to the back teeth. These molars and pre-molars are hard to clean, because they are at the back of the mouth. Additionally, the surfaces of these teeth are grooved and pitted. They tend to collect and trap food particles. Bacteria feed off lingering food, which promotes the development of destructive plaque. By applying a protective coat to these decay-prone teeth, we can avoid the development of cavities and other threats to health of the teeth.
Dentists tend to recommend sealants as soon as these teeth erupt or break through the gums. The first permanent molars emerge at around the ages of six and seven years. As noted, sealants can be easily and quickly applied. Dr. Summer simply conditions the teeth to be treated with the sealant. The sealant is then brushed on in liquid form to clean, dry teeth. She then hardens the sealant to promote the strongest bond between the tooth and the sealant material.
Sealants are also well-tolerated, even appropriate for sensitive teeth. In fact, dental sealants present a way to treat tooth sensitivity. These coatings help to build up the tooth’s natural “armor” or enamel. Side effects of enamel erosion often include tooth sensitivity, especially when consuming hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks.
Sealants hold up well, and we will check their condition during each check-up. Schedule your visit to Innovative Dental Care today. Call us at (402) 507-5805. Our office is conveniently located along the West Dodge Corridor, and we are proud to serve the oral health needs of individuals and families from throughout metro Omaha, including Bennington, Elkhorn, Gretna, Blair, Fort Calhoun, and Arlington.