Dental Sealants in Kenilworth

Dental Sealants

Sealants are a painless procedure, where a clear coating is painted on the teeth. The teeth are etched and washed and then the sealant is applied. A curing light is used to help the material harden. That’s it! It’s very quick and easy.

Sealants should be done as soon as your child’s adult 1st year molars erupt (come in), usually around the age of 6, and also their 2nd year molars, usually around the age of 12. Molars should be sealed to prevent tooth decay (cavities), as soon as they grow in for maximum protection.

The American Dental Association cites sealants as an effective weapon in the arsenal against tooth decay. Sealants are a thin coating painted on chewing surfaces of molars and premolars. Dental sealants act as a barrier, protecting your teeth against decay-causing bacteria.

Sealants have proven effective with both adults and children, but are most commonly used with children. Despite the fact that sealants are about half the cost of fillings, only a small percentage of school-aged children have sealants on their permanent teeth. Ask your dentist whether sealants are a good choice for you or your children.

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