Sealants Help Fight Cavities

Sealants are thin coatings that a dentist can paint over molars to prevent tooth decay. The coating protects the chewing surface of the tooth by blocking out bacteria and food. Bacteria working on food particles create acids that erode teeth. The resulting holes are cavities.

The ADA in a mouthhealthy.com article indicated that a sealant reduces the risk of decay in close to 80% of molars. The CDC reported that children without sealants are three times more at risk for cavities than children with sealants.

What Is the Process for Applying a Sealant?

First your dentist will clean your tooth and dry it. Next, he applies an acidic gel. The gel roughens up the tooth surface so the sealant will bond with the surface. After several seconds, your dentist rinses off the gel and dries the tooth again before applying the sealant to the tooth grooves. After application, he hardens the sealant by using a blue light, called a dental curing light.

What Are the Advantages of Using Sealants for Children at an Early Age?

While sealants help both adults and children fight tooth decay, they are particularly beneficial for children. By sealing a child’s molars early on, you may help your child stay free of cavities. They can last up to 9 years. A child can have a sealant applied to baby teeth and permanent teeth.

A sealant can also be placed over a molar that has a cavity to prevent further decay. Sealants are less expensive than fillings. They can be clear or match the tooth and aren’t noticeable when the person talks or smiles.

Find out about using sealants for your child

We are glad to answer all of your questions and see whether sealants would be appropriate for your child. Call Hutto Hippo Family Dental and make an appointment. Our number is (512) 806-7740.