Why Are Dental Sealants Important?
Do you spend a lot of time worrying about how to keep your child’s teeth cavity-free? Teaching them to brush and floss are critical steps towards ensuring that they can take good care of their teeth for life. Once those permanent teeth come in, there’s something we can do at Flower Mound Dental: Dr. William E. Wyatt Jr. DDS
that will give them even more protection against tooth decay, and that something is applying dental sealants
Bacteria Versus Your Child’s Teeth
The reason it’s so critical to teach our children good oral health habits at an early age is that 40 percent
of children develop cavities by the time they start school because of poor oral hygiene and consuming sugary snacks and drinks. Every human mouth contains numerous species of bacteria that excrete acid onto our teeth when consume sugar, and this acid wears away at our enamel and leads to tooth decay.
Brushing, flossing, and limiting our sugar intake are all important ways we can keep that bacteria in check. But even when we do all of these things, there are crevices in our teeth where bacteria can hide, and these can be difficult to reach with a toothbrush. That’s where sealants come in!
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are a protective clear plastic layer brushed onto the chewing surfaces of teeth to “seal them off”
from plaque and bacteria that would cause cavities to form. Dentists started using sealants in the 1960s, and they’ve been popular ever since. Flower Mound Dental: Dr. William E. Wyatt Jr. DDS
and his team are extremely skilled when it comes to sealants, and we have a number of years of practice in this and other dental service areas.
Typically, sealants are applied to the molars because these teeth are the ones that do the most chewing and have those deep crevices where bacteria can hide. The sealant will fill in and cover any crevices on the tooth to act as a shield from the bacteria. What makes them even better is that the sealant application process is quick and painless!
When Should Your Child Get Sealants?
The best time to bring your child in for dental sealants is around when their adult molars erupt, which is usually at age six. We can schedule an appointment with you to look over your child's current teeth and provide a better timing estimate for your child, based on their specific needs. The sooner they sealants are in place, the less opportunity the oral bacteria will have to build up in the crevices of the molars. However, sealants are still beneficial when applied later on. Older children and even adults can get them and have their teeth protected, too!
Schedule Your Child’s Next Appointment Today!
Whether your child needs sealants or just a normal twice-yearly dental cleaning, don’t hesitate to schedule their next appointment
! And if you have any concerns with the way your child is brushing or with how the food they eat might be affecting their teeth, be sure to let us know so that we can help.
Our top priority is protecting your child’s smile!
Are you new to Flower Mound? Have you lived here in Flower Mound for many years? If you are looking for a new dentist in Flower Mound, either for the first time, or looking for a new dentist in Flower Mound, come and see Flower Mound Dental: Dr. William E. Wyatt Jr. DDS
. We are a terrific dentist office in Flower Mound and can provide for all of your Flower Mound dentist needs.
About Flower Mound Dental: William E. Wyatt Jr. DSS
Flower Mound Dental: William E. Wyatt Jr. DSS, is here to meet all of your dental needs by providing truly gentle, exceptional dentistry, whether you need a filling, cleaning, whitening, root canal, or any other dental service. Located in Flower Mound, in the Kroger Shopping Center, near Lifetime Fitness, our professional and friendly team will provide you and your entire family with a comfortable and superior dental experience that you won’t find anywhere else. We want you to be comfortable and we want you to bring us your questions and concerns. Our commitment to oral hygiene and your overall wellness results in personalized and comprehensive visits with you to ensure we meet all of your health needs. Dr. Wyatt is a leading professional in his field and takes special care with each person in a calm and inviting atmosphere that will make you feel right at home.
For more information visit www.flowermounddental.com or follow us on Twitter @FloMoDental.
About William E. Wyatt Jr. DSS:
When it comes to dental education, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone more knowledgeable than Dr. Wyatt. Dr. Wyatt is actively involved in many facets of continuing education, participating in dental conferences, symposia, and fellowships. In 1986, he received his Fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry, which requires at least 500 hours of additional continuing education and the passage of a rigorous written exam. He has studied with some of the most respected dentists in the nation and the world. The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners requires 12 hours of continuing education every year to maintain licensure. Dr. Wyatt regularly averages at least 200 hours per year; 1600% more than he’s legally required to do. This affords him access to the latest technological advances in cosmetic, laser, and restorative dentistry.
Dr. Wyatt is a member of the following prestigious organizations:
He is very active in his local community as a featured speaker in the chamber of commerce and other organizations, plus Dr. Wyatt is also a published author on Dentaltown. Follow Dr. Wyatt on Twitter @DrWilliamWyatt.
- The Academy of General Dentistry
- The American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry
- The American Dental Implant Association
- The American Dental Institute
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (accreditation in progress)