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Posts for: November, 2017

By Kahala Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
November 13, 2017
Category: Oral Health

What can your dentist in Honolulu, HI, help you with?dental sealants

Brushing your teeth is essential, but those hard-to-reach teeth may cause other detrimental issues, especially when it comes to your children's oral health. That's why Dr. Jason Ako can help your children with dental sealants.

What are sealants?

Sealants are thin, protective materials coated onto teeth, especially the molars. Your Honolulu, HI, dentist coat the chewing surface of the molars because they are uneven and rough, making them an easy place for bacteria to flourish.

If bacteria settles in, cavities will begin eating away at your child's teeth. That's why it's best to maintain a consistent oral regiment of brushing and flossing, as well as visiting your doctor twice a year. Your doctor may prevent a cavity from eating away at your child's tooth.

More About Dental Sealants

Getting dental sealants is not difficult or painful. Your dentist will clean and dry the tooth, then apply an acid gel on your child's tooth. His or her tooth will become rougher on the chewing surface. Your doctor will then remove the gel, dry the tooth and apply sealant onto the grooves and expose it to a special blue light to make the sealant hard.

Unfortunately, children aren't getting this treatment and, according to the CDC, there are several issues arising:

  • Approximately 43 percent of children with ages ranging between 6 and 11 have gotten a dental sealant.
  • Children with no sealants suffer from more cavities than children with sealants.

Sealants are beneficial to children and adults, and the sooner you get them the sooner your teeth will be protected. So when you visit your dentist in Honolulu, HI, make sure you ask him about sealants.