As children’s teeth grow in, they become vulnerable to tooth decay. Our Kalamazoo dentist recommends dental sealants as one method of cavity prevention in growing children.
Sealants are made of a tooth-colored coating that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This coating fills in any hard-to-reach areas where bacteria can hide and makes it easier to keep teeth clean. This is important for children, whose growing teeth need all the protection they can get.
To apply sealants, our dentist and her hygienist will first thoroughly clean your teeth. The sealant solution is then painted in the grooves of the back teeth, sealing them to keep bacteria out. The solution must cure under a special type of light, but once it’s set you can immediately eat and drink normally with no downtime.
While dental sealants are usually recommended for children, patients of any age can benefit from having sealants applied to the chewing surfaces of their teeth. Ask our dentist during your next teeth cleaning about whether sealants are right for you.
There are a number of reasons why you might want to consider sealants for yourself or your child, including:
- Easy and pain-free application
- Added protection from tooth decay
- Natural feel and appearance
- Durable, but can be repaired or replaced if needed
Sealant application is a fast and easy process that can be tacked onto the end of your child’s next dental exam. If you want to learn more about sealants, give Gentle Dentistry a call at (269) 381-3890. Our Kalamazoo dentist will be happy to talk to you about whether sealants are right for you or your child.