Pits are the Pits — Get Them Sealed
If you asked your teenager if he or she would rather have good jeans or genes, they’d probably choose the pants. Ah, but those genes could be the cause of cavities and more cavities all because their molars have deep crevices/pits/trenches in them. Yes, the makeup of your molars is something you can thank Mom and Dad for directly.
And while pits in your molars don’t change their appearance, they surely change your chances of getting cavities. Why? Because food particles get stuck down in the pits and you, no matter how well you brush and floss, can’t get down in there to clean the food away. Then bacteria is attracted to the food, multiplies, and starts to eat away at the teeth. That would be the definition of a cavity in the making.
But at Kalil & Kress, we prefer to seal those pits and crevices in the teeth of our younger patients. We do this with sealants.
What are sealants and I’m not talking about deck stain
The sealants we use at Kalil & Kress are made of either strong resin or glass ionomer. The teeth to be filled are first thoroughly cleaned. Then the sealant, in liquid form, is painted onto the molars. The liquid sealant flows down and fills up the troughs. Once we are satisfied that we’ve created a seal without gaps or holes, the sealant is cured with a special light, bonding it to the teeth and forming a protective shield on those teeth.
Who should get sealants?
We recommend that any of our patients who are children and teenagers with even moderate grooves receive sealants. This protects the teeth during the most cavity-prone years, ages six to 14. Adults can also get sealants on their molars that haven’t developed and decay and are without fillings.
How long do sealants last?
Sealants usually last 10 years or so, but they can last far longer. The important thing is to have them on the teeth during youth, you know, the famous “cavity-prone years” from commercial lingo.
If you have children between the ages of 6 and 14, you really should have sealants put on their molars. After all, you’re the one who will be paying for the cavities and fillings! Call us at Kalil & Kress, 603-880-7004 and ask about sealants.