Dentist Fairfax, VA
Sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay and cavities on your molars and premolars. These areas are the most susceptible to cavities due to the anatomized grooves.
Typically, children get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in. These sealants can protect the teeth through the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14. Sealants are easy to apply:
- We thoroughly clean the teeth
- The teeth are dried
- A tooth-colored liquid solution is put on the chewing surfaces of the teeth
- The solution is cured using a special curing light
Sealants act as a barrier and protect the enamel from plaque and acids. They also smooth out the “grooves” in the teeth making your cleaning efforts more effective. They may last for several years before a reapplication is needed. While the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay.
Sealants are not a substitute for brushing your teeth. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene and keep up with professional dental cleanings. Also, sealants do not protect between the teeth, so it is essential to continue to floss daily.
For more information or to request an appointment, contact Sensational Smiles.