Dental sealants are a thin coat of clear resin that is applied to the biting surfaces of teeth, usually the rear molars. The back teeth are more prone to cavities because is difficult to reach them with a tooth brush and the surfaces contain pits and grooves that easily trap bacteria. It is hard for many adults to clean their back molars and almost impossible for our young New York City children.
Dental sealants put on by your New York City dentist, fill in the pits and grooves on the rear molars to create a smooth surface. New York City dentists most often recommend sealants for children’s permanent back teeth, though sometimes they are used for adults, too.
New York City parents may not realize how quickly a cavity can form in a young child’s mouth. Many New York City area kids that we see develop cavities even before they start kindergarten! It is vital that our local parents start regular dental visits early. The American Dental Association advises that a child’s initial dental exam take place soon after the first tooth erupts, but no later than the toddler’s first birthday.
Dental sealants protect teeth that have no decay (primary prevention) and also prevent further decay progression in teeth that show very early signs of disease (secondary prevention).
I am Marc Beshar of Marc J. Beshar Dentistry. Call my office at 212-753-2240 to schedule a New York City dental exam.
I provide comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry for New York City people of all ages. My office is located at 25 Central Park W #1C New York, NY 10023. You can learn more about my practice at https://www.drbeshar.com/about-dr-beshar/