in Richmond, VA
in Richmond, VA
The best way to keep your child's teeth healthy and bright is to encourage regular brushing and flossing, but it's not always possible to clean every groove and crevice, especially on the back teeth. At Bitty Bites Dentistry, we believe in prevention rather than treating dental disease after it develops. That is why we offer preventive services, including dental sealants, which help protect your child's teeth from tooth decay. We are all about healthy, happy smiles!
How Do Dental Sealants Help?
The chewing surfaces of molars and premolars at the back of the mouth are rough, with grooves known as pits and fissures. Food particles and plaque become trapped in these depressions, allowing bacteria to flourish and attack the tooth enamel, which can result in tooth decay and cavities.
Dental sealants are thin, plastic resin coatings that bond to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, essentially "sealing" them, and protecting them from bacteria exposure. While they're not a substitute to proper brushing and flossing, they can help prevent cavities forming, and can even stop the early stages of decay from progressing. Sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of tooth decay by nearly 80%. '
Early cavity prevention is vital because tooth decay in baby teeth can lead to tooth decay in permanent teeth. Tooth decay in adults can potentially result in a lifetime of oral health problems.
What Is the Procedure?
Applying dental sealants is a safe, quick, and painless procedure. We will first clean and dry your child's teeth, and then we will place an etching solution to roughen up the chewing surfaces and help the sealant bond. After rinsing off and drying the teeth, we will apply the sealant and will use a curing light to help harden the material. Your child can eat and drink right after treatment, but try to avoid chewing ice and hard candy to increase the longevity of the sealants.
Request Your Appointment Today!
At Bitty Bites Pediatric Dentistry, we make it convenient to plan your visit. Click the link to request an appointment time that fits your busy schedule. We can't wait to see you!