15 Jan The Value Of Dental Sealants
LET’S TALK ABOUT DENTAL SEALANTS FOR A MINUTE. You’ve probably heard of them before, but most of patients really don’t know what they are or how they can help people. In some cases, this simple and quick procedure is one of the easiest things we can do for you to help prevent cavities and tooth decay.
Dr. Michel recommends, in most cases, using sealants as preventive dental care for children. You see, children’s teeth have small depressions and grooves, making it harder to properly clean them with brushing alone. Sealants can create protection in these small grooves and depressions which helps keep plaque from forming in the crevices. Even though it’s ideal to get sealants as a child, adults are also often good candidates for dental sealants.
Dental sealants are applied during a very short visit here at our office. After your teeth are cleaned and prepped, the sealing solution is painted directly on tooth surfaces. Then, a curing light hardens the sealant. After the sealant is hardened you’re on your way—no need to wait to eat or drink. Routine dental checkups will allow Dr. Michel to keep tabs on your sealants, making sure they’re in good condition.
This procedure can last for about 10 years—making one application last from childhood well into adulthood. To see if it’s the right time to get sealants for your children or for yourself, call to visit with Dr. Michel or just use our contact form.