A dental sealant is a dental procedure that can protect teeth from harm. Commonly used for molars, it works by applying a special gel onto the chewing surfaces of your teeth to prevent harmful acids from causing tooth decay. Sealants are hardened with a special light and can be reapplied as necessary.
Even children can experience the benefits of sealants. From the time their first molars erupt in their mouths above the gum line, they are at risk for tooth decay. Typically, a child’s first molar occurs around the age of 6. Dental sealants can protect these teeth from many hazards that could come their way.
According to the CDC, also known as the Center for Disease Control, children who have sealants are 3 times less likely to develop cavities. In addition, sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of tooth decay in molars by 80%.
Once sealants are applied, they can last up to a decade. Reapplying sealants is quick and easy. Most sealants are clear so your dentist will still be able to tell if there is any damage occurring to the tooth underneath.
For more oral health care advice or to schedule an oral exam with Dr. Manshadi, Dr. Roden-Johnson, and Dr. Afridi and our team at our dentist office in Victoria, TX, please contact Victoria Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics at (361) 433-4704. Cavities can be conquered, so feel free to come see us today.