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What are Dental Sealants?

Posted on 7/30/2016 by Dr. Kelsey Ullsmith
A young girl receiving a dental sealant.Dental Sealants are a great advancement in dentistry. This simple, painless procedure can protect your teeth from caries or decay, by creating a barrier between your teeth and the bacteria that can cause cavities.

In fact, increasingly, our young child patients are reaching adulthood without ever experiencing a cavity. Let your dentist discuss the placement of dental sealants with you to protect your and your children's teeth.

How do sealants work?

Dental sealants seal your teeth from coming into contact with food particles and debris. Sealants are a plastic coating that the dentist literally paints onto the surface of your back molars, which is the most susceptible area for debris to remain and then decay. Your molars are designed with lots of nooks and crannies allowing for chewing to occur.

Your dentist will place this thin coating of plastic material into those nooks and crannies and coat the tooth to create a barrier between the tooth and food. The plastic material is painted on with a small brush in liquid form and then it will dry hard. The sealant material quickly bonds onto the surface of your teeth, forming a protective barrier that will remain in place for several years.

Who can get dental sealants?

Most dentists agree that there is a huge advantage to the placement of sealants on all of their child-age patients. Children are still learning correct hygiene practices and are known for missing areas when brushing. We can protect your child's teeth with the placement of dental sealants.

We also recommend sealants for our adult patients who have had an ongoing problem with decay. We can help decrease the continuation of decay with the placement of dental sealants. This preventative measure can extend the life of your teeth, helping you keep a healthier mouth.

Please contact us if you have any questions about dental sealants.
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