How Dental Sealants Keep Cavities at Bay!

If you are a parent, you probably know how difficult it is to get Fuquay-Varina children to brush and floss regularly. On top of that, young children often lack the necessary motor skills to properly care for their teeth. At Fuquay Family Dentistry, we want your whole family to have excellent dental health, so here’s some information on how Dr. McCormick and Dr. Meunier can help protect your kids from tooth decay. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please give us a call.

Kids and Cavities

In the back teeth, there are numerous nooks and crannies that toothbrushes can’t quite get to. Referred to as pits and fissures, these areas on the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars are particularly susceptible to tooth decay in children between the ages of 6 and 14. Food can easily get stuck in the tiny grooves and remain for long periods of time, which, combined with bacteria, creates the perfect environment for tooth decay and cavities.

How Dental Sealants Can Help

Dental sealants are thin coatings of plastic applied directly to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. By covering areas where pit and fissure cavities are likely to form, dental sealants effectively seal out tooth decay and prevent cavities in these areas. Dental sealants are an excellent boost for dental health. Dr. McCormick and Dr. Meunierrecommends that Fuquay-Varina children get sealants as soon as their first and second sets of permanent molars come in (usually at 6 and 12 years of age, respectively).

The process is quick and painless:

  • The first step involves cleaning and drying the teeth that are to be sealed.
  • Next, an acid solution is used to roughen the tooth surface and promote the sealant’s adhesion, followed by a rinse and drying.
  • Finally, the sealant is painted directly onto the enamel (outer layer of the teeth) and allowed to dry and harden. A curing light may be used to help speed up the process.

Although sealants are most commonly used for children, they can also benefit adults who are cavity-prone. Contact Fuquay Family Dentistry to find out how dental sealants can protect your family’s smiles!


Sources

http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-sealants

http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/ToothDecay/SealOutToothDecay.htm

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dental School and a recipient of the Monte G. Miska Prosthodontics Award, Dr. Bryden McCormick has been serving the communities of Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs for many years. With a dedication to improving his patients’ overall health, and a passion for working with his hands, Dr. McCormick’s goal is to surpass his patients’ expectations at every turn. Dr. McCormick’s continuing commitment to education has led him to receive fellowship from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He has completed numerous courses on dental implants, Six Month Smiles®, cosmetic dentistry, and digital dentistry from world-renowned institutions, such as the Scottsdale Center and the Triangle Dental Institute. In the community, Dr. McCormick has volunteered his professional services with the North Carolina Missions of Mercy Clinics, Giving Smiles Events at Raleigh Dental Arts, and the NC Baptist Men’s Mobile Dental Ministry. He also sponsored a Free Dental Day at Fuquay Family Dentistry and served over 100 patients in need within our community. Personally, Dr. McCormick sponsors local community and school events, such as FVAA teams, Friends of the Chorus, Band Booster, Theater Patron at the Fuquay-Varina High School, Theatre Patrons, Friends of the Museums, and local travel baseball and softball teams. Originally from Santa Cruz, California, Dr. McCormick currently resides in Fuquay-Varina with his wife, Kristen, who teaches at Wake Tech. They have three children and a Newfoundland fur ball named Otis. In his free time, Dr. McCormick enjoys smoking ribs, cooking, working in his yard, playing golf, and spending time with his family.

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