According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), by age 19, tooth decay affects nearly 70% of America’s children. Left untreated, tooth decay, also known as cavities, may result in pain and infection.
One better option to help prevent cavities is dental sealants – a thin plastic film painted on the chewing surface of teeth.
Dental sealants have been proven a safer and cheaper dental procedure for patients likely to cavities.
Dental sealants act as a barrier to “seal-off” space between the tooth surface and any small food particles or bacteria that may otherwise cause a cavity in an “unsealed” tooth.
Paired with twice-daily brushing with a fluoridated toothpaste, a healthy diet and visiting us every six months to monitor the sealants’ placement or bond on the tooth, properly applied dental sealants are 100% effective in preventing cavities.
Benefits of dental sealants:
Applying dental sealants is fast and painless. It can be done during a routine dental visit. No injections are needed. However, it is very important to sit still so the tooth or teeth being worked on will stay dry. This allows the sealant material to stick properly to the tooth.
Studies show that dental sealants can last for a long time, sometimes long as 15+ years. But they don’t last forever.
We will check the sealants during your routine dental appointments. If necessary, the sealants can be changed.
Remember, sealants work well, but they can’t keep teeth cavity-free without some help.
Children with sealants should: