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How Sealants Can Protect Your Child's Smile

Looking for an additional way to protect your child's smile? At Arbor Dental Associates in Novi, MI, our family dentists offer plastic sealants to coat vulnerable back teeth. Dr. Christopher Paulson and Dr. Lindsay Holman see the benefit in these biocompatible barriers to tooth decay, and you will, too.

The facts on tooth decay

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) states that tooth decay is the most common chronic health problem in children...far more prevalent than asthma, obesity, and diabetes. How does it happen?

Just as with adults, cavities in children come from plaque, tartar, and their associated bacteria. These microbes created holes in tooth enamel. Undetected and untreated, dental caries worsens and leads to infection, pain, and tooth loss.

While brushing, flossing, a good diet, and routine cleanings/check-ups help maintain oral health, your family dentists in Novi feel these good habits may not be enough. Molars—both primary and adult—are intricately grooved and pitted and therefore, decay easily. That's why Dr. Paulson and Dr. Holman often advise the placement of plastic sealants.

What are plastic sealants?

Sealants are thin acrylic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. Tooth-colored and discreet, this innovative material seals and protects tiny pits and fissures where decay develops and may be unnoticed.

Sealants are very effective. In fact, without them, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) notes that decay rates in school-age kids are three times higher than in treated children.

Receiving sealants

First, your child has their usual six-month exam and cleaning. If your dentist recommends sealants, each tooth is dried and etched with a special solution. Then, the dentist applies the sealing liquid and cures the material with a UV light.

The process takes just minutes a tooth, but coating lasts up to ten years, and if it chips or thins, it can be re-applied. Plus, did you know that as an adult with healthy teeth, you can receive plastic sealants?

Find out more

At Ann Arbor Dental Associates, Dr. Paulson and Dr. Holman offer the finest family dentistry services in the Novi, MI, area. Their plastic sealants are simple and economical, yet so effective in preventing tooth decay. Why not ask about them at your child's next routine visit? Call us today for an appointment: (248) 553-9393 for current patients and (248) 468-4962 for those new to us.

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