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We teach our kids how to brush, floss, and practice overall proper oral hygiene. However, sometimes little ones need extra health keeping their teeth in top-notch shape, and dental sealants can help.
With dental sealants from Crystal Dental Care here in Crystal, MN, you can put your child on the path to lifelong oral health. Led by family dentist Dr. Kimberlee Murphy, we can apply dental sealants to kids as young as six, and for adults too! Here's what to know about these protective coatings:
What are sealants?
Sealants are thin coatings for your molars, the back teeth that you use primarily for chewing your food. Molars are highly susceptible to tartar, cavities, and decay since they are harder to navigate with a toothbrush and floss. Generally tightly spaced, molars are also a hot spot for buildup of food particles which can develop into bacteria. To combat this, your Crystal, MN, family dentist places sealants on your child's molars to prevent food particles from getting stuck between the spaces in the first place.
How are sealants applied?
First, your family dentist will clean and rinse your child's teeth. Next, she will use an abrasive gel to lightly roughen up the surface, so that the sealants attach securely in place. Once the gel is rinsed off, a special light will be shone on the surface to cure the sealants. The procedure is pain-free and can be done in a single visit, making it perfect for busy parents and squirmy kids!
Taking care of sealants is no different than taking care of your teeth—your kids will simply need to continue to brush and floss like normal and have regular exams and deep cleanings at our Crystal office.
Interested? Give us a call
If you are looking for an easy way to boost your child's oral health, call Crystal Dental Care in Crystal, MN, at 763-537-3655 to make an appointment with your family dentist, Dr. Kimberlee Murphy.
What your family dentist in Crystal, MN, wants you to know about sealants
When you have a child, your child’s health is a major concern. Making sure your child has necessary dental care is a vital part of keeping your child healthy. So, does your child need sealants? The truth is dental sealants are an important safeguard to keep your child’s smile healthy and free of decay. Your family dentist, Dr. Kimberlee Murphy, at Crystal Dental Care in Crystal, MN, wants to share what you should know about dental sealants.
Brushing, flossing, and fluoride help protect against tooth decay, but bacteria can still hide in the deep grooves and crevices on the tooth surface. That’s where sealants can help.
Sealant treatment starts with the application of an etching liquid, which creates tiny pore-like openings in the surface of the tooth. These openings help to retain the sealant material. The etching liquid is rinsed, and the tooth is dried. The liquid sealant material is then flooded into the grooves and crevices, and hardened with a high-tech ultraviolet “curing” light. The result is a hard, protective cover over the deep grooves and crevices. Now, instead of catching bacteria and food debris, the decay-causing substances simply slide off of the tooth surface.
Both children and parents love dental sealants because treatment is:
- Pain-free, needing no anesthetic
- Quick, needing only a few minutes
- Non-invasive, with no tooth structure removed
- Inexpensive, compared to permanent dental fillings
- Invisible, because sealant material is tooth-colored or clear
Your child should have sealants placed on the first permanent molars between the aged of 5 and 7, and on the second permanent molars between the ages of 11 and 14.
Dental sealants are a vital protection against tooth decay, and they can save your child’s smile! Make dental sealants a part of your child’s dental care regimen by calling family dentist Dr. Kimberlee Murphy at Crystal Dental Care in Crystal, MN. Give your child a healthy smile for life by calling today!