Do you worry about how effectively your child is brushing and flossing their teeth? Do they or even you get cavities frequently? Well, in addition to brushing and flossing daily, there is another way that we at Rio Dental & Orthodontics can help beyond routine cleanings and checkups. We also offer dental sealants in Irving, which are like a shield for your teeth against cavity-causing bacteria. They are so effective, in fact, that children who don’t have dental sealants have three times more cavities than those with sealants. They are definitely worth considering for you and your child to prevent the need for more extensive dental treatment later.
What are dental sealants?
A dental sealant is a thin, protective plastic material that is coated on the chewing surfaces of your teeth to protect them from decay. Essentially, it keeps bacteria and food particles from getting stuck in the grooves of your molars and premolars, where cavities are more likely to occur. Although brushing and flossing are still the best ways to fight decay, dental sealants can help stop it from developing into cavities and help you avoid decay in the first place. They are a safe, effective method of promoting oral health, especially for children and adults who are prone to getting cavities.
It is recommended to get dental sealants early on, after each set of molars come in (around ages 6 and 12). That way, these teeth have cavity protection from the start for several years before sealants need to be reapplied.
What are the benefits of getting dental sealants?
Dental sealants have many advantages, including the following:
- Dental sealants are a proven, effective way to prevent cavities.
- The process of applying dental sealants is quick and pain free.
- Many dental insurances cover sealants. Check with your dental insurance provider to see if this service is covered.
- Except in the case of an allergy, the materials for sealants are safe for even the youngest patients.
What is the process for getting dental sealants?
Placing dental sealants is simple and painless. Basically, your pediatric dentist in Irving cleans and dries your tooth before applying a gel that prepares it for the sealant. After rinsing and drying the tooth again, they place the sealant into the grooves and chewing surfaces. Using a special blue light, your dentist then hardens the sealant. It’s that straightforward!
At Rio Dental and Orthodontics, we believe that prevention is key to ensuring oral health both now and in the future. We invite you to ask questions about dental sealants for you or your child, and we look forward to helping your smile stay happy and healthy for years to come. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!