Chestnut Dental is committed to preserving the oral health of our community's youth. One of our highly effective preventive treatments is the application of dental sealants, a simple procedure that offers substantial protection against tooth decay.
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars) where decay occurs most often.
These sealants quickly bond into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel. This barrier prevents food particles and bacteria from settling into the crevices of the teeth, thereby reducing the risk of cavities.
Why Dental Sealants are Important for Children?
Children’s teeth are particularly prone to cavities, especially permanent back teeth. The reason is that their molars and premolars have numerous tiny grooves and pits where food particles and bacteria can hide. Even diligent brushing and flossing might not clean these hard-to-reach areas effectively.
Dental sealants provide an extra layer of protection by sealing off these grooves, preventing decay from taking hold. Moreover, applying sealants is quick, painless, and non-invasive, making it an ideal preventive treatment for children.
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The Process of Applying Dental Sealants
The procedure for applying dental sealants is simple and can be completed in a single visit. Here’s what your child can expect:
How long do sealants last?
Dental sealants can last for up to ten years, but they need to be checked for chipping or wear at regular dental check-ups. Despite the long-lasting nature of sealants, it’s crucial to remember that they are not a substitute for good oral hygiene. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups are still necessary to maintain your child’s oral health.
Highly Effective Against Cavities
Research has shown that dental sealants can significantly reduce tooth decay in molars by up to 80%. This makes them a highly effective tool in the fight against cavities and a worthwhile investment in your child’s oral health.
Achieve a Healthy Smile!
Dental sealants are just one of the many services we offer to help achieve a healthy smile. If you would like more information about dental sealants or want to schedule an appointment for your child, please contact our office. We look forward to providing your child with the best possible dental care.