Benefits of Sealants
Are sealants really that important to your child’s oral health? Many of our Newtown Dentistry patients ask this very question! Not only are sealants beneficial for your child’s overall health, but they also prevent 80% of cavities in the back teeth (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC).
While regular brushing and flossing are one of the best ways your child can maintain optimum oral hygiene, it can be difficult to reach and clean the deep pockets of the molars. Sealants are able to coat and cover the pits and fissures where leftover foods like to settle. Once the chewing surface of the molars is sealed, it prevents cavities and even early stages of tooth decay from developing.
As an added benefit, sealants often keep cavities at bay anywhere between two to four years. Compared to the cost of future dental problems due to tooth decay and/or gum disease, sealants are well worth the investment! And, they are usually quite affordable. Our friendly and knowledgeable dental team will help you determine the cost.
How Does the Process Work?
Prior to applying the sealant, your dentist cleans and dries the tooth (or teeth). Once prepared, a gel is brushed over the tooth surface. Blue light is used to harden the gel, creating a strong bond between the tooth and sealant. The process does not take long at all!
Can Adults Receive Sealants Too?
Yes! Although the earlier a patient gets sealants the better. This is because sealing permanent molars as soon as they come through helps prevent cavities from the very beginning. A dental exam can help determine if sealants are a good option for you.
If you would like to speak with us about sealants, schedule your appointment now. Or, call us any time at (215) 504-5437.