Block Cavities Before They StartAt Montgomery Pediatric Dentistry, our Princeton dentists are committed to helping your child avoid common problems like tooth decay. In fact, with good oral care and nutritional habits, most cavities can be avoided.
Why Seal Teeth?As children grow and mature, it can be difficult to keep teeth clean 100% of the time. Some of the most common areas where cavities develop include the deep grooves and “pits” of the teeth at the back of the mouth (molars). Sealants are protective coatings that we place over these deep grooves, so that they can easily be brushed clean as your child grows into an adult and improves their dexterity. Although they aren’t permanent, sealants can last for several years. We recommend placing them as soon as the permanent molars erupt — usually around the ages of 6 and then 12.
Do Sealants Hurt?Not at all! There are no shots or drilling involved. Here’s what to expect:
- The tooth will be polished and rinsed clean
- A special “soap” etches the surface of the enamel
- The tooth is rinsed and dried thoroughly
- A small brush is used to apply the sealant material to the tooth
- A bright light cures the sealant into place
- Our dentist or hygienist assesses the biting relationship of the sealed tooth