While bringing your child to see their Kalamazoo dentist, Mark E. Richardson, DDS, for dental fillings is generally a fairly simple, straightforward and enjoyable experience, wouldn't it be nice if your child could avoid needing fillings altogether? With dental sealants they can and they don't have to give up the foods they love to do it!
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are very thin, clear pieces of protective plastic that your child's Kalamazoo dentist Dr. Richardson will place over their teeth in order to help protect them from food particles, germs and decay. With a protective barrier that keeps harmful substances off your child's teeth, the chewing surfaces of your child's teeth will be nearly immune to tooth decay!
How are Dental Sealants Placed?
First, Dr. Richardson will wash and dry your child's teeth. Then, he will place a small amount of an acidic solution on your child's teeth for just a few seconds, to create a rough surface that will better allow the sealant to adhere. After rinsing and drying the teeth again, he will then place the sealant on the tooth and use a special light to make the sealant durable and to keep it in place.
What are the Benefits of Dental Sealants?
The main benefit of dental sealants is that they help prevent tooth decay. Dental sealants are also quick, simple and affordable, and they offer great peace of mind. No longer will you have to worry quite as much when your child enjoys a treat, since you know the chewing surfaces of their teeth will be protected.
Are Dental Sealants Right for My Child?
Whether or not your child needs dental sealants is a choice that only you and your child's Kalamazoo dentist Dr. Richardson can make. If dental sealants sound like a good option for your child, call Dr. Richardson and his friendly staff including Amy, Brenda, Holly and Tina, at (269) 343-6907. Set up an appointment for a consultation today!