No matter how much you floss or how thoroughly you brush your teeth, it’s simply impossible to clean every little space in your mouth.
Sometimes, when you miss a few spots on your back teeth, you may start to experience early signs of tooth decay.
It’s at this point that dental sealants become your best friend, and help protect you against further damage which could result in cavities.
What are sealants? How are they applied?
You can think of a sealant as a shield that protects your teeth in the daily battle against tooth decay and gum disease. In fact, according to the ADA, sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80%. You can read more about the American Dental Association’s stance on dental sealants below:
Applying sealants is a quick and painless process. We will simply add a gel substance to your teeth, which bonds to the tooth quickly to create, you guessed it, a seal!
Why get dental sealants for healthy smiles?
While age doesn’t matter regarding sealants, they are quite common in children and teenagers because of their ability to fight tooth decay and even prevent cavities in some cases.
In fact the CDC found that children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants. So, if you have a child between the ages of 6-12, it is vital to bring them to our kid’s dentist at Shining Smiles so we can set them up for a future full of healthy, happy smiles!
In addition, sealants are relatively inexpensive and are covered by many insurance providers.
10 common questions parents ask the dentist about dental sealants
- Are dental sealants a routine service for kids?
- If my child doesn’t have tooth decay, does she really need dental sealants?
- If my child needs braces, will the braces damage the sealants?
- Does my son/daughter have a predisposition for tooth decay? How do you know?
- Who will be placing the dental sealants (the doctor, hygienist, dental assistant)?
- How many teeth need to have dental sealants on them?
- How long do dental sealants last?
- Are the grooves in the teeth really that deep that regular brushing and mouthwash won’t work?
- What material(s) are dental sealants made of (BPA, etc)?
- If a sealant has to be removed in the future, how will you remove them?
Ready to book your appointment for dental sealants?
Dental sealants can help you or your child fight tooth decay, cavities and sensitive teeth. If you are in or around Marietta, Powder Springs, or West Cobb, please give our children’d dentist at Shining Smiles a call today to schedule your appointment for dental sealants.