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By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
January 28, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sealants  

Where does most tooth decay occur? In children's teeth, it happens on the intricate chewing surfaces of back teeth. At Hockaday & Baucom, DDS in Charlotte, NC, your family dentists use plastic sealants to protect young smiles. Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom see the value in these thin coatings; they really help ward off decay.

A chronic health problem

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that tooth decay is the most common chronic health problem in children. Caused by oral bacteria living in food residues, or plaque, on and between teeth, cavities destroy enamel and when untreated, lead to tooth loss.

A low-sugar diet, good brushing and flossing habits and six-month check-ups at the family dentist's office in Charlotte, NC, minimize the risk of decay. Dr. Hockaday and Dr. Baucom offer additional protection through thin plastic coatings called dental sealants. The American Dental Association (ADA) says dental sealants reduce the risk of tooth decay on back teeth by a full 80 percent.

How sealants work

After a careful oral examination and hygienic cleaning, your family dentist may recommend sealants for one of more of your child's molars. The process is simple and painless, taking only 10 minutes or so per tooth.

The dentist dries the tooth and applies a mild etching solution to the chewing surface. This preparation ensures the liquid sealant adheres well to the tooth. Then, the plastic sealant is painted on, with care taken to the tiny pits and fissures common to molars. Finally, a special UV light hardens the plastic.

Dental sealants are tooth-colored and virtually unnoticeable. However, they are very effective and long-lasting, staying in place about 10 years. At each oral examination thereafter, Dr. Hockaday or Dr. Baucom will check the sealants to look for any chips or excessive wear. Small repairs can be made if needed.

A stable physical barrier against decay

Dental sealants are the extra-protection your child may need to stay cavity-free on those all important molars. At your next routine visit at Hockaday & Baucom, DDS in Charlotte, NC, ask your family dentist about plastic sealants for your child. Phone for an appointment at (704) 553-2348.

By Hockaday & Baucom, DDS
May 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sealants  

Would you like to reduce your child's risk of developing cavities? Consider a trip to the dentist's office for sealants. Charlotte, NC, family dentists Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom of Hockaday & Baucom, DDS explain how sealants can help your child avoid painful tooth decay.

What are sealants?

Sealants are plastic resin coatings that prevent cavities. The liquid sealant solution fills in small pits in the chewing surface of teeth. Although sealants are applied in liquid form, they harden in seconds, offering excellent protection against cavities.

How do sealants help reduce tooth decay?

The pre-molars and molars located at the back of your child's mouth are responsible for chewing. The uneven surface of these teeth makes it easier to grind up food before it's swallowed. Unfortunately, many of the pits that make chewing easier are so small that toothbrush bristles can't reach them. If plaque and bacteria can't be easily removed from those areas, your child may develop a cavity. When your son or daughter receives sealants, the liquid fills in and seals the pits, which prevents tooth decay.

Why do children need sealants?

Sealants are generally recommended after your child's secondary teeth emerge. These teeth grow in after your son or daughter loses baby teeth and are more susceptible to tooth decay when they first grow in. Adding sealants gives your child the extra protection they need to avoid cavities.

How often are sealants applied?

Sealants usually last about 10 years, but your children may need their sealants replaced sooner if they grind their teeth. Drs. Hockaday and Baucom will take a look at the sealants every time your child visits their Charlotte office and recommend reapplication of sealants if they've begun to wear away.

How are sealants applied?

Before your child receives sealants, an etching solution that helps the sealants adhere will be applied to the teeth. The sealants are then brushed on to the teeth and hardened with a curing light. The entire process only takes a few minutes and is completely pain-free.

Protect your child from tooth decay with sealants. Call Charlotte, NC, family dentists Dr. Susan Hockaday and Dr. Jim Baucom of Hockaday & Baucom, DDS at (704) 553-2348 to schedule your child's appointment.