Pinnacle Pediatric Dentistry Joi Shaw Morrison, DMD, MSD
3939 Washington Ave,
Suite 240
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 863-PEDO (7336)


Teeth 101


As much as 90% of decay occurs in pits and fissures in school-age children. Sealants protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth, especially the chewing surfaces of back teeth where most cavities in children are found.  Made of clear or shaded plastic, sealants are applied to the teeth to help keep them cavity-free.  Even if your child brushes and flosses carefully, it is difficult—sometimes impossible—to clean the tiny grooves and pits on certain teeth.  Food and bacteria build up in these crevices, placing your child in danger of dental caries.  Sealants “seal out” food and plaque, thus reducing the risk of cavities.   Research shows that sealants can last for many years if properly cared for.  Therefore, your child will be protected throughout the most cavity-prone years.  If your child has good oral hygiene and avoids biting hard objects, sealants will last longer.  Your pediatric dentist will check the sealants during routine dental visits and recommend re-application or repair when necessary.

The covering is only over the biting surface of the tooth, so areas on the side and between teeth cannot be coated with the sealant.  For this reason, brushing, flossing, maintaining a balanced diet, limited snacking and regular dental visits are still essential to preventing caries in areas unable to be covered by sealants and to maintaining a bright, beautiful, healthy smile.




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