The Facts about Dental Sealants
Your Westborough dentist is family friendly and experienced in children’s dental care. To ensure a lifetime of ideal dental health, for most of our young patients we recommend dental sealants to avoid tooth decay. A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is painted on the chewing surfaces of a child’s back teeth.
Dental Sealants Save Time, Money and Pain!
Fluoride in toothpaste and water aids in protecting the smooth surfaces of the teeth but the back teeth are rough and uneven and need some extra protection to keep out germs and food particles. Germs in the mouth use the sugar from food or drinks consumed and create acid. Over time, the acids can create a cavity in the tooth. Having sealants applied can save time, money and pain for children as the need for fillings, crowns, caps or fixing decayed teeth will diminish.
At What Age Should Sealants Be Applied?
Between the ages of five to seven, permanent molars typically come in. These are called six-year molars. The second batch of molars arrive between the ages of eleven and fourteen years old. These are called Twelve-year molars. Your dentist may recommend other teeth with pits and grooves be sealed as well. Some dentists may also recommend sealants for babies if their teeth have deep pits and grooves. Young adults and teenagers who are prone to tooth decay may also be good candidates for sealants.
The procedure for dental sealants is fast and painless. After the sealant liquid is painted on the teeth, it quickly hardens and forms a protective shield over the teeth. Most insurance companies will pay for this procedure.
All Dental Center is here for you and all of your family dental needs. Call us today to schedule an appointment or to ask further questions about dental sealants.