Sealants are a clear, acrylic-like material that helps shield decay-causing bacteria from the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. It is recommended that sealants be placed on the six-year molars (the first permanent back teeth) as soon as they appear. As a child’s most cavity-prone years continue until the mid-teens, Dr. Emery might also recommend that sealants be placed on the premolars and second molars when they erupt (generally between the ages of ten and twelve). While sealants are by no means a cure-all in preventing all forms of tooth decay, they are helpful to patients – particularly children – in controlling decay on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant material bonds to the chewing surface of the back teeth, forming a protective barrier coving the pits and fissures (depressions and grooves). Depending upon the child’s chewing pattern, the sealant effect can last for a number of years. At recall appointments, the tooth will be checked to make sure the sealant material is intact. Our goal is to help preserve your child’s smile throughout their lifetime, and sealants help make that possible.
With Father’s Day coming up, we wanted to have a contest in honor of all the dad’s out there. The prize is a St. Louis Cardinals Gift Basket, including: · A St. Louis Cardinals baseball hat · Two St. Louis Cardinals cups · A St. Louis Cardinals lanyard · A St. Louis Cardinals T-Shirt · … Read more »
Remember Those Who Have Served Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Three years after the… Read more »