Your child’s smile is the most treasured focal point of any photo you have! That is why we work hard to ensure your child’s smile glows bright with healthy teeth for many years to come.
Dental sealants are one of the surest and most cost-effective ways to protect teeth from cavities caused by food particles lodged in hard-to-reach places. Though regular brushing and flossing habits (2x a day for 2 minutes) do a great job of keeping the mouth clean, there are some tooth surfaces still at risk for developing cavities.
What are dental sealants and how do they work?
Sealants are clear or shaded plastic applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth, usually the back molars, to keep them cavity-free. Sealants fill in the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth, which are hard to clean, and shut out food particles that get caught and cause cavities. Sealants can effectively protect tooth enamel for many years to come, and are a cost-effective solution to the potential alternative of expensive fillings and extraction procedures.
Who should get sealants?
Children between the cavity-prone ages of 6-10 are the best candidates for sealants. Children often eat numerous small meals throughout the day, making them more susceptible to cavities. However, many adults also opt for sealants as a long-term cavity-prevention solution.
How long do sealants last?
Sealants can sustain the forces of normal chewing wear and tear for many years before reapplication is needed, sometimes up to a decade. During your child’s regular dental visits, dentists will check the condition of sealants to ensure everything is in tip-top shape!
Aren’t sealants expensive?
As with most early prevention procedures, dental sealants are well worth the investment. They are a pain-free, essential way to keep your child’s smile healthy well into their teenage and adult years. Some insurance carriers may also cover the cost of dental sealants, depending on the provider.