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Posts for: July, 2017

By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
July 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants  

What your dentist in Honolulu, Hawaii wants you to knowSealants

 

Sealants can help protect your child against painful tooth decay because sometimes brushing and flossing isn’t enough. Brushing and flossing cleans most of the surfaces of teeth and flossing will clean in between teeth, but there’s still one area that gets overlooked. It’s the deep grooves and crevices in the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth.

Dr. Jason C. Ako at Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, Hawaii wants to introduce you and your child to dental sealants, the procedure that can protect those deep grooves and crevices.

Tooth decay is caused by the sugary foods and beverages your child eats and drinks. The sugar combines with normal oral bacteria and produces an acid. This bacterial acid is strong enough to penetrate into hard tooth enamel, and travel to the softer tooth layers underneath, causing a cavity.

The deep grooves and crevices of normal tooth anatomy provide a perfect place for bacteria to hide. That’s why covering up the deep anatomy is so important. When you choose dental sealants, you and your child will benefit because:

  • Sealant treatment is non-invasive and quick
  • Sealant treatment is painless, requiring no anesthetic
  • Sealants help prevent unnecessary pain and tooth damage
  • Sealants help prevent unnecessary and expensive treatment later on

The sealant material is a unique liquid resin that is spread into the deep grooves and crevices of your child’s teeth. It is hardened using a high-tech ultraviolet light. Sealants are virtually undetectable and the entire process takes only a few minutes. Ideally, sealants should be placed on the first permanent molars between the ages of 5 and 7, and on the second permanent molars between the ages of 11 and 14. The teeth should have fully erupted in order to get the best result.

Dental sealants can only be placed on healthy, decay-free teeth, so don’t delay. Don’t give tooth decay a chance to ruin your child’s smile. Sealants can help your child enjoy a beautiful, pain-free smile for life. For more information about the benefits of dental sealants call Dr. Jason C. Ako at Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Honolulu, Hawaii today!