Even though you brush and floss every day, there are grooves and pits that are difficult to reach with your toothbrush. This is especially true for our younger patients. Sealants are a great option to help protect teeth from decay.
Proper dental hygiene involves thorough brushing and flossing. This helps to get rid of food particles and plaque from the surface of your teeth. However, there are grooves and depressions (called fissures) in the molars that are difficult to reach with the bristles of your toothbrush. This makes it easy for bacteria to hide and grow in these areas.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are painted on the surface of your back teeth to protect them from decay. The fissures (or grooves/depressions) in your large teeth may be too narrow to be reached by your toothbrush. While fluoride in your toothpaste helps to kill bacteria and safeguard your teeth from decay, sealants help to “seal up” these fissures preventing bacteria from growing in them, hence, further making your teeth less prone to decay. Sealants are often recommended for kids from the age of five and beyond. Adults who are at risk of dental caries can also have sealants applied.
Yes, dental sealants are quite safe. Our sealants at Lush Family Dental in Waukee are safe and free from toxic compounds.
Sealants can last many years after they have been applied. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sealants can be retained on the teeth for up to nine years.
No, there is absolutely no pain or discomfort experienced by our patients when they are getting sealants applied to their teeth. It’s also a quick process that can normally be completed during a regular checkup.
Dental sealants are recommended for children as they begin to grow premolars and molars. With our sealants, teeth are smoother, easier to clean and less likely to develop cavities.
Lush Family Dental in Waukee is a high-quality, kid-friendly dental office. Please call us at (515) 207-3126 to schedule an appointment for your kids. We look forward to meeting them.