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3 Reasons Why We Recommend Dental Sealants for Kids (and Some Adults!)

April 30, 2018
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Posted By: Dr. Youngwoo Joo
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Does your child do an excellent job brushing their teeth? Do they enjoy a sweet treat every now and then? Do they like to snack throughout the day? If your child snacks, enjoys sweets, and could use some help brushing their teeth properly, dental sealants would probably benefit them, and your kid's dentist Barrie, ON can help!

What is a Dental Sealant?

A sealant is thin coating that is placed over the chewing surfaces of your child's back teeth and molars. A sealant will fill in any grooves or pits that may attract bacteria and be hard to keep clean. Sealants help prevent tooth decay and cavities from occurring by protecting the tooth from the acids that break down tooth enamel, and we definitely see fewer cavities in children with dental sealants on their teeth than those without.

Sealants are bonded directly your child's tooth and don't require any tooth structure to be removed so the process is non-invasive. It can typically be completed during one quick appointment, and they tend to last for around 5 or more years.

Can Adults Have Sealants?

If you are an adult with molars or back teeth that haven't had any sort of restoration and you tend to be prone to cavities, you may benefit from dental sealants. The process of placing sealants for adults is the same as it is for children, and you may not even require any dental anesthesia during the procedure.

You'll brush and floss your teeth the same way you did before, and now you'll enjoy the protection against the bacteria and acids that cause tooth decay.

If you would like to learn more about dental sealants and determine if they might benefit you or your child, contact your team at Park Place Dental to learn more.