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The pits and grooves in your teeth can easily trap food and debris. This can cause plaque to form on your gumline, contributing to tooth decay if it is not cleaned with a proper oral hygiene routine. For children struggling with their brushing and flossing routine, sealants offer an effective method for preventing tooth decay and preserving their teeth.
Dental sealants are a liquid coating that is typically applied to children’s first permanent premolars and molars.
Sealants prevent decay from occurring and facilitate a better oral health regime. The procedure is affordable and straightforward, making it a worthwhile investment in the health of your child’s teeth.
While sealants are effective for preventing decay, they are not a permanent solution. Dental sealant treatments typically last for approximately five years due to natural wear and tear. However, if they are not carefully maintained, the sealants can chip or crack.
You should also be aware that the sealant is not applied between the teeth, so extra care should be taken when flossing to prevent tooth decay between teeth. You should also continue to visit your dentist regularly for cleaning and check-ups so we can identify small problems before they become more serious.
The sealant treatment procedure is quick and simple. Your teeth are professionally cleaned, then the liquid coating is applied directly to the teeth. Ultraviolet light is used to bond and harden the coating.