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By Nashua Smile Makers
December 02, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
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Dr. Salvatore Guerriero and Dr. Salvatore Colletta of Nashua Smile Makers family dentistry in Nashua, NH, provide sealants to protect children's teeth. We can provide your child with gentle care and a beautiful smile.

What are tooth sealants?

Sealants are a great way to protect your child's teeth. Dental sealants are a thin coat that is painted on your child's molars and can prevent cavities for several years. These sealants act as a barrier to protect cavity-prone areas like deep pits and grooves. 

Sealants are bonded to each tooth to ensure that nothing goes inside. This is what makes sealants such a great non-invasive method. It helps children protect their teeth from cavities. Dental sealants are safe for use on children.

When should children get sealants?

Visit your family dentist in Nashua, NH, to have your child fully examined and to determine if sealants are the right choice for your child. A child's first molars appear around the age of six, while second molars appear around the age of 12. The best time to apply sealants is between the ages of six and 12 and is recommended by most dentists.

Sealing teeth as soon as the molars appear will ensure that your child's teeth are protected from decay. According to the CDC, a sealant applied to the surface of a child's teeth protects the teeth for a period of up to two years. During this period, the child's teeth are 80% protected for the first two years and 50% protected for the following four years.

There are several benefits associated with applying sealants to children's teeth:

  • Sealants help children avoid tooth decay
  • The grooves of a child's teeth are protected from food particles
  • Dental sealants are easy and quick to apply. The sealants only take a few minutes to dry
  • Sealants are durable and will last for several years after the first application
  • Sealants are an investment in your child's oral health

If you are concerned about your child's oral health, or simply wish to take a proactive approach in ensuring the health of their teeth, give Dr. Guerriero and Dr. Colletta of Nashua Smile Makers family dentistry in Nashua, NH, a call at (603) 882-3727. 

By Nashua Smile Makers
February 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental sealants  
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While children are less likely than adults to experience periodontal (gum) disease, the same can't be said for tooth decay. One aggressive form of decay called early childhood caries (ECC) can have a profound effect on a child's dental development and future health.

That's why dentists who treat young children often use a variety of preventive measures to reduce the risk of ECC and other dental diseases. One popular method is dental sealants, dental material coatings applied to the biting surfaces of teeth that fill in the naturally occurring pits and crevices. These areas are highly susceptible to plaque formation, a bacterial biofilm of food particles that tends to accumulate on teeth. It's the bacteria that live in plaque that are most responsible for the formation of tooth decay.

Roughly one third of children between the ages of 6 and 11 have received some form of dental sealant. It's a quick and painless procedure applied during a routine office visit. The dentist brushes the sealant in liquid form on the teeth, and then hardens it with a special curing light. It's common for children to begin obtaining sealant protection as their molars begin to come in.

With their increased popularity among dentists, researchers have conducted a number of studies to see whether dental sealants have a measurable effect reducing tooth decay. After reviewing the cases of thousands of children over several years, many of these studies seemed to show that children who didn't receive sealants were more than twice as likely to get cavities as children who did.

As evidence continues to mount for dental sealants' effectiveness protecting young children from decay, both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry now recommend it for all children. Not only can sealants help preserve children's teeth now, but they can reduce future costs for dental treatment that results from tooth decay.

If you would like more information on children's dental sealants and other decay prevention measures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.