Many Salt Lake City pediatric and general dentists offer sealants to their patients.
Sealants can protect kids’ teeth from tooth decay. The benefits overwhelmingly outweigh the very few risks.
Two years after placement, dental sealants prevent over 80% of cavities in the permanent molars, in which nine in 10 cavities occur. Centers for Disease Control
Q. What are dental sealants?
A. Dental sealants are permanent plastic barriers applied to the biting surfaces of teeth. They prevent cavities by filling in the grooves and fissures where food particles are particularly to remove–especially for youngsters
Q. How are dental sealants applied?
A. A dental sealant treatment is rapid and painless. The dentist applies the sealant resin as a liquid which quickly hardens and adheres tightly to the pits and grooves.
Q. Which teeth can benefit the most from sealants?
A. Sealants are most common on 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. Set up a consultation and exam at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS for your child.
Q. Is brushing and flossing still necessary for the teeth with sealants?
A. Yes. Daily oral hygiene is still critical to keep teeth and gums healthy. Even the teeth with sealants are at risk for decay along the gumline.