Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village CA
At Westlake Dental Arts, we recommend preventive care, even for children. Along with regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental visits, sealants are an effective way to prevent tooth decay (cavities).
What are sealants?
Sealants are a seemingly thin, plastic-type material that is permanently placed on the chewing surface of the back teeth. These teeth are most prone to developing cavities because the natural deep grooves are hard to brush. Bacteria can linger in these crevices and eventually lead to tooth decay. Some people naturally have such deep grooves in their back teeth that even with their best efforts, the bristles of the toothbrush simply cannot clean deep enough. The sealant material seals off these grooves and prevents bacteria from settling in these areas.
What if my child already has a cavity?
Depending on the size of the cavity, sealants may still be applied. The material will seal the cavity and prevent any bacteria from making it worse. In these instances, the dentist will need to evaluate your child’s oral health before sealants are placed. Some cases may require other forms of treatment.
How are sealants applied?
Applying sealants is a relatively simple procedure that requires no anesthesia. The procedure itself is not even painful! After your child’s teeth are thoroughly cleaned by the dental hygienist, the teeth being treated will be dried, a special varnish is then applied that helps bond the material to the tooth, and then the sealant material is placed. It takes only a few seconds for the sealants to dry and harden.
How long will sealants last?
Sealants are designed to last up to 10 years, but it is important that your child visit the dentist for regular checkups. During these visits, we will inspect each sealant to make sure it is not chipped or worn away.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Westlake Dental Arts today at (818) 889-0400. Dr. Carson and Dr. Markiewicz look forward to helping your child begin a lifelong journey of optimal oral health. We welcome patients of Agoura Hills and Westlake Village, California.