at Riverside Dental Group would like to challenge you to a quiz on dental sealants.
Q1. True or false: Dental sealants help protect hard-to-reach teeth.
Q2. True or false: The negative side of dental sealants is that they take hours to administer to children.
Q3. True or false: Dental sealants cannot be applied if there is existing tooth decay.
A1. TRUE: Dental sealants consist of thin layers of plastic that are painted on to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The anterior molars are the teeth that are most prone to stuck food particles. Between their position and all of the nooks and crannies of back teeth, these teeth are the most likely to develop cavities.
A2. FALSE: Your Riverside dentists can actually apply sealants to your child’s teeth in a matter of minutes. Teeth must be dry before the dental sealant material will adhere to the tooth. The short time necessary for the procedure is a blessing for children that are antsy or uncomfortable with dental procedures, or simply have trouble sitting still in all situations.
A3. TRUE: Since your dentist does not want to seal in the bacteria that cause tooth decay, x-rays may be ordered before the procedure to ensure that all is healthy underneath the surfaces of your teeth. Once your child has been given a clean bill of dental health, the sealants may commence.
Dental Sealants for Young Patients
If you have a child that is in need of a dental checkup, you can contact your Riverside dentists for a consultation. We offer comprehensive dentistry to patients of all ages. With our young patients, we can provide fluoride treatments and dental sealants for the ultimate protection from tooth decay. Contact our 92506 dentist office at (951) 369-1001. We serve patients throughout Riverside County.