Prevent Children’s Tooth Decay With Dental Sealants
Garner, NC is the home of Michelle P. Brown DDS who has established a well-known service regarding the community’s dental needs. Educated at UNC-Chapel Hill in state-of-the-art dental techniques, equipment and medication, she is able to present excellent consultations and service to her patients. As the mother of two, Olivia and Alexander, she is able to work well with young, as well as old, patients. She is highly regarded by other members of the dentist community for her excellent skills regarding dental problems of all kinds.
As a mother and dentist she is well aware of the importance of assuring children they will have good dental care during their formative years. This care includes the application of dental sealants. The importance of sealants cannot be over-emphasized as a method of protecting the enamel that covers the outside of a tooth.Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the biting surface of each tooth for the purpose of preventing tooth decay. Due to its elasticity, it easily bonds into each depression and groove of the tooth’s enamel and seals it from food and plaque.
Important things to remember are:
Permanent teeth have an enamel coating
If not taken care of this enamel can become damaged
Enamel cannot be replaced
Should be applied to children teeth at age of 6
Sealants can protect from decay
Sealants can be replaced if necessary
Sealants protect areas which usually attract food and plaque
Sealants are usually applied as soon as permanent molars and premolars emerge
If baby teeth display grooves or deep depressions it is important to apply sealant. This will help them hold spaces for permanent teeth that come later.
Sealants may be applied by the dentist or by a highly trained hygienist. The teeth to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned and dried. A light acid solution is then applied to each tooth’s chewing surface. This will roughen the tooth, which makes it easier for the sealant to bond. After rinsing and drying the teeth, the sealant is then painted on the tooth enamel. This bonds to the tooth and hardens. The importance of protecting a child’s permanent teeth cannot be overly emphasized. As they grow older they will appreciate being able to avoid having to have fillings, tooth removal and other problems that can be painful as well as expensive. Having a dental check-up at least every 6 month will help avoid any unnecessary tooth problems.
Sealants can also be applied to adult teeth that have no decay or fillings in their molars. This is an excellent way to prevent dental problems that often appear later in life. Having healthy teeth is important in both business and everyday situations. An attractive smile can often mean the difference in obtaining an important job or enjoying a happy personal life. Dr. Brown is especially proud of her highly trained staff. From the moment a patient walks through the door they are warmly welcomed and every effort is made to make them feel welcome and cared for. From filling out papers to being seated in the dentist’s chair each staff member is trained to offer the best service possible.
Dr. Brown is happy to provide a consultation regarding sealants or other types of dental care. Using the latest in dental techniques and modern medications she is able to offer the very best in top-notch dental care for all ages.