In this post from the Pediatric Dental Center we take a look at dental sealants, one of the most effective tools available for helping to prevent cavities.
Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are plastic barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. They prevent cavities by filling in the grooves and fissures where food particles are particularly difficult to remove.
A. Do sealants significantly reduce tooth decay?
Q. Yes. Studies show that dental sealants can lower the risk of decay by 70%!
Q. How are dental sealants applied to the teeth?
A. We apply sealant resin as a liquid which quickly hardens and adheres tightly to the pits and grooves. The procedure is fast, straightforward and painless.
Q. Which teeth can benefit the most from sealants?
A. Sealants are most commonly applied to the first and second molars because they are at the highest risk for decay.
Q. When should sealants be applied?
A. The best time is early – while the teeth are cavity-free. We can advise you.
Q. Are sealants just for kids?
A. Not necessarily. Grownups can benefit from them, too!
Q. Is brushing and flossing still necessary for the teeth with sealants?
A. Yes. Sealants are not a substitute for brushing. We consider them an added layer of protection.
At The Pediatric Dental Center we stress the importance of dental sealants and regular checkups at one of our three locations. Parents know they can trust our pediatric dentistry We have offices in Burlington, Newport, and Crestview Hills KY. Please schedule a checkup with us today!
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