Serving Amarillo, Canyon, Dalhart and the surrounding Texas Panhandle
What chronic disease affects more Americans under the age of 18 than any other ailment? The answer is tooth decay. Four out of every five individuals have experienced tooth decay in some form by the time they reach their 17th birthday.
Gain an extra line of defense against the threat of tooth decay by having The Esler Dental Group apply sealants to your child’s back teeth.
How do sealants work, and when are they recommended?
Sealants are made of a non-toxic plastic material that is applied directly into the grooves that naturally develop on the chewing surfaces of your teeth. The sealant then provides an additional protective barrier against the accumulation of bacteria and plaque, which are the building blocks for tooth decay.
We recommend applying sealants to back teeth such as molars, which can be the most difficult to reach when brushing and are more vulnerable to tooth decay because of the deep grooves. Sealants are most effective when applied to a child’s permanent molars once they fully erupt.
How long do sealants last?
Typically, the lifespan of sealants is between three and five years, although some sealants have been known to last 10 or more years even into adulthood. During your child’s routine dental checkups, we will check each sealant to make sure it remains in place and replace them if necessary.
The Esler Dental Group only applies sealants to permanent teeth.
You can extend the lifespan of a sealant treatment by refraining from chewing on ice cubes, fingernails, popcorn kernels or other objects that can damage teeth.
Remember, sealants should not be considered a substitute for regular brushing and flossing. Make sure to maintain these behaviors as part of a course of preventive care that includes visiting the dentist twice per year for a professional cleaning and a comprehensive examination of your child’s oral health.
To learn more about dental bonding or to schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling (806) 358-8021.
The Esler Dental Group is proud to serve patients in Amarillo, Canyon, Dalhart and the surrounding Texas Panhandle.