Northbrook, Illinois – Northbrook Court Dental Associates (http://www.northbrookcourtdental.com) says children and teens can protect their teeth from decay and cavities by using dental sealants. The fluoride-releasing sealants prevent tooth erosion caused by the sugars, acids and bacteria from food particles.
“Children can be extremely susceptible to tooth decay, especially when they eat sweets on a regular basis,” says Dr. Michael Vold, founder of Northbrook Court Dental Associates. “Dental sealants are an easy and effective way of prevent decay and related tooth problems.”
Dental sealants are applied in a thin coat to the chewing surfaces of a child’s new molars after they have broken through the gums. The sealant fills in the tooth’s pits and groves. These “fissures” can be extremely deep, and are often the most difficult area of the mouth to keep clean, even with regular brushing and flossing.
The short and simple procedure begins by cleaning the tooth with paste and a rotating brush. The tooth is then covered with an acidic solution. After the gel has dried, it is washed off. The sealant is then painted onto the tooth, where it quickly dries and hardens. Sometimes a light is used to speed up the drying process. The entire procedure takes approximately one to two minutes per tooth.
Dental sealants are made of tooth-colored acrylic, which makes them virtually unnoticeable, even when the child is talking, laughing or smiling. Although sealants can last for up to ten years, the protective covering should be checked periodically by a dentist.
Sealants can also be used on baby teeth with deep crevices, and to fill in pits or grooves on teeth in other parts of the mouth.
For more information on dental sealants for children and teens, visit the Northbrook Court Dental Associates website at http://www.northbrookcourtdental.com, or call the office today at 847-272-2900.
Dr. Michael Vold has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin (1963), a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Northwestern University Dental School (1967) and a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law (1980). He served as a dentist in the U.S. Air Force and taught as an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, College of Dentistry. Dr. Vold is a member of the American Dental Association and Illinois State Dental Society, as well as a recipient of numerous professional honors and awards.