Brunette woman sits in the dentist chair while her hygienist looks at her dental sealants

Do Sealants Prevent Cavities?

May 26, 2021 11:53 pm Published by

Do you brush and floss your teeth every day, visit the dentist at least twice a year, consume a balanced diet, drink plenty of water, and avoid tobacco products? These are the most important things you can do to prevent dental disease, like cavities. Another way to help prevent cavities is to receive sealants.

Dental sealants are thin, tooth-colored coatings applied into the grooves of the molars. The grooves of molars tend to be hard-to-clean areas in which bacteria like to accumulate. Sealants act as a barrier to block bacteria and food particles from building up in these nooks and crannies, which protects them from cavities. In fact, sealants can reduce the risk of decay in your molars by almost 80%!

How Are Sealants Applied?

Sealants are quick and pain-free. We’ll first clean and dry your tooth. Next, we apply an acidic gel to your teeth that slightly roughens the surface to help the sealant bond. After a few seconds, we rinse off the gel, dry the tooth, paint on the sealant, and harden it with a special light.

Who Should Get Sealants?

We highly recommend sealants for children as soon as their molars come in. This helps protect your child’s back teeth right from the beginning. Sealants should be coupled with daily brushing and flossing, professional cleanings, and a balanced diet for optimal protection from tooth decay.

Adults without sealants can also benefit from their cavity protection. Additionally, patients should get new sealants if their old ones wear out.

Preventive Dentistry at Peek Dentistry

Dental sealants are a simple and effective way to reduce your risk of tooth decay. Both children and adults can benefit from them, so let us know if you’re interested in receiving sealants!

Our team is committed to providing an exceptional dental experience. Our office offers cozy pillows and blankets, TVs with streaming services, movie glasses and headphones, video games and tablets, a play area and toys, books and magazines, and complimentary refreshments. If you have any questions about our services or are ready to schedule a visit, please contact us today!

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