Dr. Azi Ardakani at Little Heroes Pediatric Dentistry recommends sealant for all our patients as soon as their primary teeth arrive. Our Laguna Hills practice specializes in dentistry for children from infants through the teenage years. Dr. Ardakani recommends sealant for its protective properties for sealing teeth against food particles, tooth decay, plaque and dental pathogens.
The Incredible Value of Dental Sealants for Kids
Younger kids try very hard to develop proper brushing techniques, and Dr. Ardakani and our staff do our best to encourage good oral care habits. However, younger kids often fail to brush and floss properly to remove all food.
Most kids discover ways to consume lots of sugary snacks despite efforts to encourage a healthy diet. When you bring together insufficient brushing and consumption of sugary snacks, food particles are left behind to begin attacking primary teeth as soon as they appear.
That’s why we endorse sealants as an additional layer of protection against cavities, bacteria, plaque and tartar. Food particles get trapped in uneven tooth surfaces, such as the deep grooves of back molars. The larger the chewing surface, the more places there are for bacterial colonies.
Dental Sealants for Kids: A Wise Choice
The act of chewing wears the surface of tooth enamel, which creates cracks and fissures. Food and bacteria become trapped, and brushing and flossing just doesn’t remove all of the debris, especially with younger children’s less-than-perfect brushing techniques.
Dental sealants are made of clear resins that harden like tooth enamel. Dr. Ardakani brushes on the liquid and concentrates on chewing surfaces, cracks and fissures. The liquid sealant dries to a hard, polished finish that projects teeth from pathogens and makes food slide off surfaces. Dr. Ardakani takes great care to make the application process fun and interesting, and there is no pain in the simple procedure.
Dr. Ardakani literally paints each tooth and fills depressions, cracks and grooves with the liquid sealant. After applying it, he uses a curing light to dry and harden the sealant fast. One application can last several years, and Dr. Ardakani will check on the sealant during regular checkups to let parents know when retreatment is needed. The process takes very little time and can be applied during a regular checkup or teeth cleaning.
Dental Sealants for Kids Inspire Kids to Have Healthy Oral Habits
As your kids grow and approach puberty, they’ll notice the difference dental sealants make in their oral health. Inspired by healthy checkups while many of their peers develop cavities, our younger patients become more and more interested in taking care of their teeth. Dental sealants for kids can inspire a lifetime of healthy oral habits and good hygiene. Using sealants doesn’t have to stop as your kids become adults. Many adults also prefer the added protection.
Scheduling Dental Sealants for Kids
You can request a sealant during any regular visit to Little Heroes Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Ardakani endorses the technique for children and always makes time to apply the sealant on request to provide immediate protection. Schedule an appointment online today.