SEALANTS

Sealants
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We feel strongly about prevention of tooth decay. Tooth decay is the most widespread disease among children. It is also the most preventable. One of the methods we employ as a deterrent to tooth decay is a "sealant.” A sealant is a plastic-like material which is painted on the tooth surface and hardened.

Because the back teeth have depressions and deep grooves on their chewing surfaces, which tend to trap food, they are difficult or impossible to clean and eventually develop decay. Sealants fill in the grooves and therefore prevent decay. Usually, sealants are applied to permanent molars right after eruption.

How do sealants work?

Even careful brushing and flossing may not make it easy to properly clean the grooves and pits of certain teeth. This difficulty can allow food and bacteria to accumulate in these areas, putting your child at risk for tooth decay. Sealants prevent food and plaque from building up, reducing that risk.
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How often should sealants be replaced?
According to most research, sealants are long-lasting and can remain effective for many years. This will help to protect your child from cavities during the years in which he or she is most vulnerable. With good hygiene, and if your child does not bite hard objects, sealants will have greater longevity. At each appointment, your pediatric dentist will examine the sealants and determine if they need to be replaced or repaired.

What does treatment entail?
Applying a sealant is comfortable and does not require much time. This can be done in a single visit. The dentist will condition and dry the tooth, apply sealant, and finally allow the sealant to strengthen.

Is it expensive?
Sealant treatment is affordable, especially when one takes into consideration the defense it offers your child against decay. Sealants may be covered by your dental insurance.

Which teeth should be sealed?
The teeth that are most vulnerable to decay are the six- and twelve-year molars. Sealants may protect any tooth with grooves or pits. Sealants are covered by many insurance companies. Our receptionist will answer any additional questions on the subject.

With sealants, are brushing and flossing still necessary?
Yes. Sealants are merely one tool for protecting your children from cavities. They do not eliminate the need for brushing and flossing.
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