By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

"Your child has a cavity" are words no parent wants to hear. Fortunately, sealants can help your son or daughter avoid tooth decay. Our sealantsCarbondale, IL, dentist, Dr. Mazhar Butt, shares a few benefits of sealants that will help you decide if they're the right option for your child.

Sealants protect pre-molars and molars

Pre-molars and molars, the teeth at the back of the mouth used for chewing, are particularly prone to cavities. These teeth contain tiny grooves and pits that make it easy to grind and shred food into a small, easily digestible mass.

Although brushing removes plaque from most tooth surfaces, toothbrush bristles can't reach pits and grooves. As a result, pre-molars and molars become susceptible to tooth decay. Adding a layer of plastic-based sealants to these teeth fills in the depressions and prevents plaque from damaging your child's teeth.

Newly erupted permanent teeth are fragile

Your child's molars and pre-molars are a little weak when they first break through the gums. Acids created from the combination of plaque and sugary foods can quickly eat through your child's fragile tooth enamel, creating cavities. Sealants protect weak teeth and help your child avoid cavities in his or her permanent teeth.

Sealants are inexpensive

Sealants are much less expensive than fillings and are usually covered by dental insurance for children. Adults can benefit from sealants too, although insurance probably won't cover them.

Sealants last a long time

Sealants protect your child from cavities for a few years. During your child's regular visits to our Carbondale office, we'll check the sealants to ensure that they're still intact. If they wear away, a problem that can occur if your child grinds or clenches his or teeth, we can reapply the sealants as needed.

Sealants protect your child's oral health

Tooth decay can increase the risk that your child may one day need a crown or root canal therapy. Sealants prevent decay from occurring and help your child avoid more extensive dental work.

Would you like protect your child's smile with sealants? Call our Carbondale, IL, dentist, Dr. Mazhar Butt, at (618) 457-2123 to schedule your son or daughter's appointment.