Dental Sealants

It’s recommended that children have dental sealants applied as soon as their molars come in. Dental sealants are a type of plastic barrier that’s painted on teeth chewing surfaces to make it harder for bacteria and plaque to find a way into the hard-to-reach pits and grooves. Although tooth sealants are usually recommended for children, adults can also benefit from the protective benefits of dental sealants.

Benefits of Dental Sealants

There are many reasons dental sealants are good for kids, including:

  • They help protect against tooth decay while kids are still learning to care for their teeth.
  • Dental sealants are tooth-colored and look natural.
  • Sealants can be easily touched up or replaced if they chip.
  • Dental sealants make it easier to clean hard-to-reach areas.
  • They are durable and can handle the force of chewing.

Tooth Sealant Process

Getting dental sealants is a quick and pain-free process. First, your child’s dentist will thoroughly clean the area. He or she will then paint the sealants onto the enamel of the tooth. The plastic fills in deep grooves or cracks that bacteria would normally be able to hide in, creating a seal that keeps plaque at bay.

While sealants can last years with proper care, it’s normal for them to chip or wear down over time. Our dentists will keep an eye on your child’s sealants during their regular dental checkups and can re-apply them as needed.

To make an appointment for sealants for either yourself or your child, give our Crystal Falls, TX office a call today!


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