Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are painted on the surfaces of teeth to protect the enamel from plaque and decay. Plaque is produced on the teeth when starch and sugar particles (from food) mix with bacteria. Acids in the plaque can erode the tooth enamel and create a cavity.
When kids brush their teeth, they may not remove all bacteria and food particles. Grooves in premolars and molars are narrow, which makes them hard to clean and perfect places for plaque to build up. Dental sealants add an extra layer of protection over deep grooves to keep out food, bacteria, and plaque.
Dental sealants are not just for kids. Some babies with a high risk of tooth decay can have sealants done to prevent early tooth loss. Dental sealants are a preventive dentistry treatment, so most dental insurance plans cover them.
Dental sealants can help protect teeth for up to 10 years. A pediatric dentist can monitor a child’s teeth during annual check-ups in case the sealants need to be redone sooner.
If you would like to learn more about dental sealants for your child, please call our office at 201-870-0988 to make an appointment with the dentist who will answer all of your questions and get your child on the road to better oral health.
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