Dental Sealants Help Protect Teeth For Both Children And Adults

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a protective clear, BPA free plastic layer brushed onto the chewing surfaces of teeth to “seal them off” from invasive plaque and bacteria that would potentially cause cavities to form. Dentists started using sealants in the 1960s, and they’ve proven to be highly beneficial in the fight against tooth decay ever since. The best time to bring your child in for dental sealants is when their adult molars erupt, which is typically at age six.

Why Are Sealants Important?

Dental sealants are an effective preventative measure against cavities and tooth decay that we offer here at Smile Center For Kids. They can be especially helpful if your child has a weakness for sweets and/or a hard time sticking to good dental cleaning habits. Sealants have been shown to reduce cavities by up to 80 percent and can last up to 10 years.

How We Can Help: We Can Easily Apply Sealants During Your Next Visit

The process of applying sealants is short, easy, and does not require drilling or the removal of any tooth structure. After the teeth are cleaned, a special gel is placed on the chewing surfaces for a few seconds. Each tooth is then washed and dried before the sealant is painted on. Typically, we also shine a special curing light on the tooth to help harden the sealant.

If you have questions about dental sealants for yourself, your child, or another loved one, don’t hesitate to ask. Please give us a call at either our Sunland Park Drive location (915) 213-1200 or our Edgemere location (915) 493-6310.