Dental sealants are a thin coat of clear resin that is applied to the biting surfaces of teeth, usually the rear molars. The back teeth are more prone to cavities because is difficult to reach them with a tooth brush and the surfaces contain pits and grooves that easily trap bacteria. It is hard for many adults to clean their back molars and almost impossible for our young Sparks NV area children.
Dental sealants fill in the pits and grooves on the rear molars to create a smooth surface. Sparks NV family dentistry practices most often recommend sealants for children’s permanent back teeth, though sometimes they are used for adults, too.
Parents may not realize how quickly a cavity can form in a young child’s mouth. Many Sparks NV area kids that we see develop cavities even before they start kindergarten! It is vital that our local parents start regular general dentistry visits early. The American Dental Association advises that a child’s initial dental exam take place soon after the first tooth erupts, but no later than the toddler’s first birthday.
Dental sealants protect teeth that have no decay (primary prevention) and also prevent further decay progression in teeth that show very early signs of disease (secondary prevention).
At The Reno Dentist, we take special care of our family and cosmetic dental clients. We want each child’s dental visits to be pleasant and painless so they will never develop a fear of the dentist. We advise parents on the specific dental issues associated with each stage of childhood. Ask us about fluoride, sports mouthguards, and Invisalign clear braces.
I am Dr. Shane Sykes of The Reno Dentist. I don’t believe that childhood cavities are unavoidable. Call my office at 775-323-0700 to schedule a dental exam.
I provide comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry for Sparks NV area people of all ages. My office is located at 855 W Seventh St Ste 200 in Reno. You can learn more about my practice at https://www.therenodentist.com/about/our-office/.