what is a dental sealant
We all are aware brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities, but it is easy to miss every nook and cranny of your teeth when you are cleaning them. Your molars can be especially hard to clean because they have deep grooves and valleys which are  an easy place for food and cavity-causing bacteria to hide.

What is a Sealant? 

In addition to brushing and flossing, there is an additional treatment to help keep teeth healthy. It is called a dental sealant! A sealant is a thin, protective coating that fills in those deep grooves and valleys and keeps food and sticky stuff from hanging out in those areas. This helps keep cavities from forming on the chewing surfaces of those teeth. Bet you did not know that sealants are shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars! That is amazing! This is especially important when it comes to your child’s dental health.

How Do Sealants Work?

Cavities are formed when foods and sugars combine with our oral bacteria to produce acid that eats away at our teeth. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from cavities by covering them with a protective shield that blocks out germs and food. However, your child should continue to brush and floss their teeth daily and visit us for regular professional cleanings.

Who Can Receive Sealants?

Sealants benefit everyone! And the earlier you get them, the better the results. Molars start to come in around ages 6 and 12. Sealing those teeth as soon as they come in is a great idea to keep them cavity-free from the start.

How are Sealants Applied? 

The good news is that applying sealants is a quick and painless process. Our dentists will clean and dry your teeth before placing a gel on the surface of your tooth. This gel allows your tooth to form a strong bond with the sealant by “roughing up” your tooth a bit. After a few seconds, the gel will be washed off and your tooth will be dried again. The sealant is then applied onto the grooves of your tooth and a special blue light will be used to harden the sealant. This usually takes just a few minutes per tooth and is an easy and quick way to protect those adult teeth and help your child have super teeth!

Are Sealants Right for Your Child?

Chances are that your child will benefit greatly from a dental sealants! Make an appointment to talk to one of our dentists today about whether sealants  would be recommended for your child
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