Archive for October 2011

Are Sealants A Good Idea For My Child?

In my practice, we try to educate the parents of our young patients about the importance of good dental prevention. We would much rather practice preventative dentistry as opposed to restorative dentistry which is necessary due to neglect or lack of preventative care. Brushing and flossing regularly, eating healthy foods and visiting the dentist at least every 6 months are all crucial in helping your child to enjoy good oral health.

One preventative service which I highly recommend is sealants. A sealant is a plastic barrier that is applied to the chewing surfaces of molars. It is applied with an applicator similar to a paintbrush, and is a completely painless procedure. The sealant flows into all the grooves and depressions in the teeth, and protects the teeth from plaque and acids that will cause decay if not properly removed. A special curing light is then used to help harden the sealant. Sealants are very durable and are able to withstand the force of chewing for years before needing to be reapplied.

Sealants are a wonderful way to help prevent your children from experiencing decay. They are painless to apply, and are not an expensive dental service. If your dentist recommends sealants, you should feel comfortable knowing it is a very safe and effective preventative treatment for your child’s dental welfare. A small investment in a sealant today could prevent a costly restorative charge for a cavity in the future! Please visit our website at to learn about all of the pediatric preventative services we offer at Haas Dental Associates.