To protect your child’s teeth from tooth decay and cavities, our dentist may recommend pediatric sealants. A dental sealant is a coating made of clear or tooth-colored plastic resin. This resin material is painted onto the chewing surface of the tooth to protect it from decay. The sealant works by blocking out food debris, bacteria, acids, and sugars that lead to tooth decay. Sealants are typically applied to the permanent molars and premolars (back teeth) because these teeth have grooves and fissures that can easily trap bacteria and plaque. In fact, more than 70% of all tooth decay begins in these pits and grooves. The sealant seals out these grooves to keep them free from decay, and it also creates a smoother surface on the tooth that is easier to keep clean.
Dental sealants are very effective in preventing tooth decay. The process for getting a dental sealant in Danville, California, is fast and comfortable. In just one visit to El Cerro Dental, Dr. Gary Cappelletti can apply the sealants to your child’s teeth, and the treatment involves no shots, needles, or drilling. To learn more about sealants and to find out if they are right for your child’s smile, we invite you to call or visit our office today. We are dedicated to helping your child achieve a healthy smile for life!