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Boise Dental Sealants & Your Children’s Teeth

Boise Dental Sealants & Your Children’s Teeth

Boise Dental Sealants

Practicing good dental hygiene habits is essential when it comes to preventing tooth decay. However, teeth are intricate and complex. Because they vary in shape and size it can be difficult to clean them thoroughly. This is especially true for molars because they are not only uneven but more susceptible to cavities because they are the main “chewers” in the back of your mouth.

A great way to protect your child from developing cavities on their back molars is to have sealants applied to these teeth. Dental sealants are a thin, protective layer your Boise dentist adheres to the chewing surface of molars to prevent bacteria and food particles from lodging in small crevices. This, in turn, prevents cavities from forming and are known to reduce tooth decay by nearly 80%. Keep in mind, however, dental sealants are no substitute for at-home care like regular brushing and flossing.

At Summit Dental, our Boise dentists recommend children get dental sealants when their permanent molars have fully grown in. Teenagers and adults who don’t have any signs of tooth decay can also get sealants as well to help prevent future cavities.

Cavity Prevention

According to the Mayo Clinic, tooth decay occurs most often in the pits and fissures of your child’s back teeth (molars). These are the areas of teeth that your Boise dentist will apply sealants to reduce the number of cavities that form in these high-risk areas.

Keep in mind that dental sealants should be applied to your child’s teeth shortly after their permanent teeth have come in. This is typically between the ages of 5-10 years old. This treatment procedure is completely painless and is done at our Summit Dental office by the same friendly staff that your child is already familiar with from previous appointments.

A Simple Solution

At any given time, your child’s mouth is full of bacteria that, when combined with certain food or drink particles can produce acids that eat holes in their teeth (cavities). Sealants are a simple solution that prevents this process from happening.

As a quick and completely painless procedure, dental sealants are applied by painting an acidic gel onto the surface of your child’s teeth to rough it up and create a greater surface area for a sealant to adhere. Your child’s teeth will then be rinsed and dried before the actual sealant is applied. Last, a special blue light will be used to harden and set the dental sealant.

Dental sealants are a wonderful way to prevent cavities before they form. Even more, they typically last for several years before they need to be reapplied. Your Boise dentist at Summit Dental will check your child’s sealants during their regular bi-annual checkups.

Furthermore, many dental plans cover this preventative dental procedure, so it’s important to check with your insurance provider. Even if it’s not a covered service, dental sealants will save you considerable money compared to the treatment of fillings and other restorative procedures.

Summit Dental Group

From regular checkups to teeth cleanings to dental sealants, Summit Dental has your child’s best interests in mind. Our family dental practice is always accepting new patients throughout the Treasure Valley and look forward to meeting you and your little ones to ensure their teeth are healthy and protected for years to come. Contact us by filling out our online form or call us at (208) 345-8962 today to schedule an appointment.

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Boise Dental Care For The Whole Family

Boise Dental Care For The Whole Family

Dental care is important during every stage of life. At Summit Dental Group, we offer a preventative and comprehensive approach to family dentistry in Boise, Idaho. This means we are prepared to help you and your family from your first dental check up on. With over 35 years of dental experience, we’ve got all your bases covered.

From baby teeth to aging smiles, below are some of the preventative services we offer:

The First Dental Visit

As recommend by the American Dental Association, a child should have their first Boise dental visit by their first birthday or within six months of their first tooth appearing. Doing so will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to care for their primary teeth. By introducing your child to their Boise dentist at a young age, you will also ensure future positive experiences as they get older.

Boise Dental Sealants

Boise dental sealants are a wonderful way to protect your child’s teeth. Applied as a thin coating to the grooves of your child’s back teeth, Boise dental sealants work to prevent cavities by blocking the penetration of bacteria, sugar, germs and other cavity-causing substances. All in all, sealants are an excellent way to save you time, money and the stress of having to make unwanted Boise dental appointments for costly treatments.

Wisdom Teeth

For many people, having your wisdom teeth removed is a rite of passage into adulthood. As the last teeth to develop and break through in the mouth, wisdom teeth (your third molars), usually come in between the ages of 16 and 18. While not all people experience problems with their wisdom teeth, the decision on whether or not to have them removed is a decision best left to your Boise dentist. If you are experiencing any problems or symptoms due to the eruption of wisdom teeth, it is important to schedule an exam and talk with your Boise dentist about your dental treatment options.     

Dental Implants

Whether you’ve lost teeth due to decay, age or accident, the dentists at Summit Dental know that missing teeth can be embarrassing, inconvenient and uncomfortable. As a desired choice for people wanting a permanent solution to  replacing missing teeth, Boise dental implants are a great option when it comes to a natural looking, functional and reliable smile. Not only do they help to maintain bone structure and tooth health, they require no special care and are a permanent solution that can last a lifetime.

Contact us

The great thing about Summit Dental Group is that we can begin your treatment at any stage, and continue to treat you as you and your teeth progress and age. Whether your dental needs are a complete exam and cleaning, a full mouth restoration, or anything in between, our Boise dentists will provide you with exceptional care you can depend on.

Contact us at (208) 345-8962 today for an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

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