Dental sealants are a thin coat of clear resin that is applied to the biting surfaces of teeth, usually the rear molars. The back teeth are more prone to cavities because is difficult to reach them with a tooth brush and the surfaces contain pits and grooves that easily trap bacteria. It is hard for many adults to clean their back molars and almost impossible for our young Southern Alaska children.
Dental sealants fill in the pits and grooves on the rear molars to create a smooth surface. Anchorage cosmetic dentists most often recommend sealants for children’s permanent back teeth, though sometimes they are used for adults, too.
Anchorage parents may not realize how quickly a cavity can form in a young child’s mouth. Many Anchorage area kids that we see develop cavities even before they start kindergarten! It is vital that our local parents start regular dental visits early. The American Dental Association advises that a child’s initial dental exam take place soon after the first tooth erupts, but no later than the toddler’s first birthday.
Dental sealants protect teeth that have no decay (primary prevention) and also prevent further decay progression in teeth that show very early signs of disease (secondary prevention).
At Excellence In Dentistry, we take special care of our Anchorage clients. We want each patient’s dental visits to be pleasant and painless so they will never develop a fear of the dentist.
I provide comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry for Anchorage people of all ages with services such as teeth whitening and dental implants. Â My office is located at 1000 East O’Malley, Suite 101 in Anchorage. You can learn more about my practice at Home.