A sealant is a great way to protect against decay and cavities for years to come. Sealants are liquid coatings that bond and harden onto tiny grooves on the tooth’s surface, creating a barrier against plaque and bacteria. Most general dentists “paint” the thin liquid coating on the chewing surfaces of teeth and the liquid hardens to forms a protective shield. The process is pain free and fairly quick.
How Can Sealants Help?
Tooth decay is often the worst on the tops of the back teeth. After we seal your child’s tooth, the small grooves on the teeth will be smooth and are less likely to attract plaque, making brushing easier and more effective against bacteria and tooth decay for up to three to five years. With sealants, your child is more likely to stay cavity free and avoid dental fillings well into the teenage years. Sealants need to be checked at regular dental cleanings to make sure there is no chipping or wearing. If an issue is found, the sealant can be repaired.
If your child is prone to cavities, contact us to learn more about sealants!