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Troy, MI 48085
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By Rochester Dental
August 06, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sealants  

Would you like to decrease your child's risk of cavities? Sealants offer a simple way to prevent tooth decay. Your Troy, MI, dentists Dr.sealants William Carmody and Dr. Debra Halsey help children and adults maintain good dental health with a variety of dental services.

Why are sealants needed?

Molars and pre-molars, the large teeth at the back of your mouth, are instrumental in chewing. Grooves and pits in the surface of these teeth make it easier to tear, crush and grind food. Unfortunately, the tiny pits also provide the perfect place for cavity-causing plaque to flourish. You can easily remove plaque from most tooth surfaces by brushing, but the pits in molars are pre-molars aren't easily reached by your toothbrush bristles.

Sealants help your children avoid cavities in these teeth by covering the pits and grooves with a protective layer of plastic resin. Your children can still chew normally once sealants are added.

When are sealants recommended?

Sealants are applied to your child's teeth after his or her permanent molars and pre-molars appear. The newly erupted teeth are fragile and more susceptible to decay. Adding sealants helps your child avoid cavities in these teeth.

What happens when my child receives sealants?

Sealants are applied after your child receives a dental cleaning. An etching solution is applied to the teeth to help the sealants adhere to the teeth. The liquid sealants are then applied with a small brush and hardened with a curing light. The entire process only takes a few minutes and is pain-free.

How long do sealants last?

Sealants can last up to a year or more. If your child grinds his or her teeth, the sealants may need to be replaced sooner. Your Troy dentist will check the sealants at every checkup and recommend replacement if needed.

Help your son or daughter avoid tooth decay with sealants. Call Troy, MI, dentists Drs. Debra Halsey and Bill Carmody at (248) 528-0700 to schedule your child's appointment.

By Rochester Dental
February 05, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants  

At Rochester Dental, our dentists provide dental care for patients of all ages. Each generation of patients has unique dental needs, and Drs. Carmody and Halsey take these factors into consideration with every patient’s visit to our Troy’s dentist’s office.

One of the most popular and protective treatments for tiny teeth are dental sealants. These are a commonly applied intervention forSealants young children on their permanent molars, or the large teeth in the back of the mouth. Sealants are a thin, plastic coating applied to these teeth to prevent dental decay. They act as a shield for your child’s tooth, protecting it against cavity-causing bacteria that can otherwise infiltrate the teeth.

Dental sealants are commonly applied in childhood because a child’s teeth are especially vulnerable to a type of decay called pit and fissure decay. As children are just learning to care for these teeth and fully removing food and plaque may be more difficult. Dental sealants are a method of protecting the teeth from early cavities, so a child is more likely to enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth.

Our Troy dentists recommend children get dental sealants as soon as these teeth come in. Children will get their first permanent molars between ages 5 and 7. Their second set of permanent molars typically come in between 11 and 14 years old.

Once applied, dental sealants typically last about a decade. They have been used since the 1960s to protect the teeth, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Remember that dental sealants are not the only measures that should be taken to keep your child’s teeth healthy. Make sure your child brushes and flosses regularly, and keeps at least twice-yearly dental appointments at our Troy dentist’s office.

To make an appointment for dental sealants or a check-up for your child’s teeth, call the Troy office of Rochester Dental at (248) 528-0700.