Keep Bacteria at Bay
Some people are born with good teeth, others not so much. But there is one thing you can do, particularly for your kids, to help them get fewer cavities no matter how good their teeth are. Seal their molars.
At Kalil & Kress we recommend that all of our younger patients get their molars sealed. Why? Most of us have pits/fissures/crevices/whatever you want to call them in our molars. The problem with these pits is that food particles get down in them and it is almost impossible to get down into the pits to get it out. You know what happens next. Bacteria are attracted to the food and then start to attack the tooth leading to a cavity.
What are sealants?
Sealants are made of plastic. 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?
At Kalil & Kress, 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.
If you have children between the ages of 6 and 14, you really should have sealants applied to 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 make your appointment.