Family and Cosmetic Dentist - Livonia
31574 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150
You already know that brushing and flossing are the most important weapons against the formation of plaque - the primary cause of cavities. But did you know that there's another way to help combat tooth decay, through the application of a plastic coating - or "sealant" - on your child's teeth?
The application of a dental sealant is a simple, painless procedure involving the placement of a preventative plastic material on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. The pits and fissures of the back teeth, where food and bacteria tend to collect, are literally sealed to create a flatter, smoother tooth surface that doesn't allow plaque to penetrate.
Sealants are most effective in helping to prevent cavities in children with newly formed permanent teeth. First permanent molars erupt into the mouth at about 6 years of age and as such sealants should be applied at that time. Second permanent molars arrive at about 12 years, and the grooves of those teeth are just as susceptible to cavities as the first permanent set of molars. Sealants should therefore be applied again, soon after the eruption of this second set of permanent molars.
Give us a call at 734-425-4530 to find out more, or ask us about this preventative treatment at your next visit.