Posts for tag: sealants

By General, Cosmetic, Implant Dentistry
March 30, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sealants  

Protect your child’s back teeth from cavities with the help of sealants.

Did you know that one-third of children starting school have tooth decay? Decay is one of the most common dental issues our Yonkers, NY, dentists Dr. Fedele Vero, Dr. Christine Fumo, and Dr. Alec Ganci see in children. Along with proper oral hygiene and visiting our dental team twice a year for checkups, dental sealants may also reduce your child’s risk of developing cavities.

What are dental sealants?

To understand how a sealant works you first need to know what it is and what it does. Sealants are little clear or tooth-colored plastic coatings that provide a barrier for the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth. This dental material is used to cover the grooves and depressions of the molars and premolars, which are often more susceptible to decay than other areas of a tooth.

Why are dental sealants necessary?

While your child doesn’t necessarily need dental sealants, your Yonkers, NY, family dentist will most likely recommend that children get them. Sealants are an easy, painless, and non-invasive way to provide your child’s smile with a little added protection against decay. Once dental sealants are painted onto the chewing surfaces and then sealed to the tooth with a special light, they can last up to 10 years before needing to be replaced.

Dental sealants are placed as soon as your child’s first molars erupt, which is typically around 6-7 years old. Once your child’s second set of molars erupt, between 11-12 years old, you’ll want them to have sealants placed again. While sealants are quite durable, your child’s six-month checkups will allow our dental team to continue to monitor the strength, durability, and health of the sealant. If the sealant cracks or falls out, we can easily replace it at your child’s routine cleaning.

Whether you have questions about getting dental sealants for your little one or you need to schedule their six-month cleaning, our Yonkers, NY, family dentists Dr. Vero, Dr. Fumo, and Dr. Ganci are here to serve you and your child’s smile needs. Call us today at (914) 476-0100 to schedule an appointment.

By General, Cosmetic, Implant Dentistry
December 04, 2012
Category: Oral Health
Tags: celebrity smiles   sealants   diabetes  

As the youngest person ever to host Entertainment Tonight, Maria Menounos, an independent filmmaker, actress, and co-host of daily entertainment news program Extra, has made a huge splash in the world of entertainment journalism. However, she is also an avid ambassador for the American Diabetes Association, a cause that is very dear to her heart because her father is a diabetic.

Her father's illness taught Menounos and her family about the importance of maintaining good general and dental health. This included a diet packed with fruits and vegetables, many of which they raised themselves. According to Menounos, they also ate little-to-no junk food. These habits still help keep the busy celebrity journalist fit and smiling with beautiful, healthy teeth.

Speaking of her smile, Menounos openly discusses her oral health in her interview with Dear Doctor magazine. She has had no major dental enhancements — not even braces — but does occasionally brighten her smile with tooth whitening. She also feels that her teeth are healthy due to the sealants she had as a child.

We could not agree more with Maria! Sealants for the tiny grooves in teeth known as “pits and fissures” are something that every parent or caregiver should consider for their children. The enamel of newly erupted teeth is more permeable, meaning that the acids produced by bacteria in the mouth can damage these teeth more easily, making them more susceptible and less resistant to decay. The good news is that dental sealants help protect teeth until the enamel has matured. Because of sealants — along with fluoride, good hygiene, and better nutrition (including less sugar consumption), tooth decay has been dramatically reduced.

If you are interested in learning more about dental sealants, contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination. During this private consultation, we will also discuss any questions you have as well as what treatment options will be best for you or your children. However, to learn more about dental sealants now, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sealants for Children.” And to read the entire interview with Maria Menounos, please see the Dear Doctor magazine article “Maria Menounos.”

By General, Cosmetic, Implant Dentistry
September 10, 2012
Category: Dental Procedures

The eruption of your child's first permanent teeth is a milestone in his or her development. As parents, you want to help your child preserve and protect their new permanent teeth so that they can last a lifetime. Dental sealants are one easy, simple, and inexpensive way to protect them from decay.

How do cavities develop?

The back teeth (premolars and molars) are formed with deep grooves on their biting surfaces that we call “pits and fissures.” These crevices are too deep for toothbrush bristles to reach. Bacteria can therefore grow and thrive inside them. The acid produced by these bacteria begins to dissolve the tooth enamel, starting the decay process.

Are new teeth more vulnerable?

Yes, the enamel surface of newly erupted teeth is more permeable and less resistant to tooth decay. As the enamel matures, it becomes more resistant.

How can you prevent decay in these new teeth?

Good oral hygiene habits, nutrition (including low sugar consumption), together with fluoride, sealants, and regular dental visits strengthen the teeth and can dramatically reduce tooth decay.

How does fluoride protect these teeth?

Fluoride makes the enamel surface harder and more impermeable and, therefore, less susceptible to acid attack and decay. Fluoride adds some protection to the deep pits and fissures of the teeth but they are still at high risk because of their shape and they often need further protection.

What are sealants and how do they work?

Sealants are protective coatings placed in the tiny pits and fissures to seal them from the bacteria and acids that promote decay. They actually “seal” the pits and fissures to prevent decay and can be used in the treatment of very early decay by arresting it. Greater use of sealants could reduce the need for subsequent treatment and prolong the time until treatment may become necessary.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to discuss your questions about dental sealants for your children. You can learn more about them by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sealants for Children.”

Fedele E. Vero, D.D.S., P.C.
Christine N. Fumo, D.M.D.
Alec J. Ganci, D.D.S

Yonkers, NY Family Dentist
South Bronx, North Westchester Cosmetic Dentist
General, Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry

626 McLean Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10705
(914) 476-0100



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