Your back teeth are equipped with ridges and grooves that are designed to help you chew your food. While those ridges and grooves are great at grinding your food for digestion, they also provide extra places for plaque and bacteria to accumulate.
Dental sealants are thin layers of plastic placed over the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. The plastic is cured with a specialized light source. According to the Centers for Disease Control, children without dental sealants are three times more likely to develop cavities than children with them.
Sealants work to prevent harmful acids from eating through tooth enamel. The risk of tooth decay in molars can be reduced by as much as 80% with a dental sealant. Children as young as 6 can have dental sealants safely applied to their molars. A normal dental sealant will hold for over a decade. Furthermore, they are clear and are only applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. If you would like to augment your child’s dental health with sealants, contact G. Larry Leonakis DDS Inc. for an exam by Dr. Larry Leonakis and our team at G. Larry Leonakis DDS Inc. in Carson City, Nevada. Schedule your visit by calling us at 775-882-0635. We will get you back to smiling once more!