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 Alexandria children.
Dental sealants fill in the pits and grooves on the rear molars to create a smooth surface. It is quite common for an Alexandria family dentist to recommend sealants for children’s permanent back teeth, though sometimes sealants are used for adults, too.
Alexandria parents may not realize how quickly a cavity can form in a young child’s mouth. Many Alexandria 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 Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry, we take special care of our Alexandria pediatric dental clients. We want each child’s dental visits to be pleasant and painless so they will never develop a fear of the dentist. We advise parents on the specific dental issues associated with each stage of childhood. Ask us about fluoride, laser dentistry, and orthodontic treatment.
I am Dr. James D. Geren of Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry. I don’t believe that childhood cavities are unavoidable. Call my office at 703-360-5881 to schedule an Alexandria pediatric dental exam.
I provide comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry for Alexandria residents of all ages. My office is located at 8101 Hinson Farm Rd Ste 114 in Alexandria. You can learn more about my practice at https://www.cosmeticdentistalexandria.com/about-us/about-dr-geren/.