Dental sealants are an effective way to avoid cavities and to keep food particles from getting stuck on and around teeth. A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth, most notably on the molars and premolars.
The purpose of sealants is to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly and firmly bonds into the depressions and grooves of your teeth, forming a protective covering over the enamel of the tooth.
What Sealants Do
While thorough brushing and flossing can remove most of the food particles, they can’t always reach into the cracks, crevices and indentations on and around teeth. It is the food particles that remain in these hard to reach places that can cause infections and tooth decay. Sealants tightly wrap around the whole tooth making it hard for such particles to adhere to the surface and cause problems.
Sealants for Kids
Sealants are a great option for kids and helps to prevent cavities. Kids may not know effective dental care and are more likely to not brush as thoroughly. Kids may even skip brushing or flossing. These poor hygiene habits can increase a child’s chance of getting tooth decay (cavities). Sealants are easy to put on, are painless and can’t be seen. Your child will not even know they are there. In addition, sealants can last up to 10 years and will not affect any other tooth work.
Sealants can be applied to anyone regardless of age. They can even be put on baby teeth. Schedule an appointment today to discuss how sealants can help you and your children avoid cavities and other potential tooth and gum problems.