How Do Dental Sealants Prevent Cavities

Model of a tooth with a dental sealant for cavity prevention.

When you have a little one, you don't want to hear that they have a cavity. To avoid this bad news, Cibolo Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics recommends dental sealants. They are a really great tool for preventing tooth decay in young, developing mouths. Here's some information about how sealants work.

What Are Sealants

Sealants are a thin coating usually made from plastic resin, or another dental material. They are applied to protect the surface of the molars in the back of your child’s mouth. They are recommended by respected authorities including the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and have been studied to be 80% effective in preventing decay.

Why Get Sealants?

The molars at the back of the mouth are pretty uneven. This makes them an obvious home for bacteria and food particles. Not only that, it can be hard for your child to clean that area of the mouth fully, especially when it comes to flossing. That’s where sealants come to the rescue. They protect your child’s teeth against plaque, food particles, and bacteria that would otherwise try to make their way through the surface of the tooth, causing decay.

How Sealants Work

The thin coating of the sealant flows into the crevices in the molars. This provides extra protection to these important, often cavity-prone teeth. The sealant is applied to the tooth in a quick and painless routine office visit. Sealants are known to be safe and effective. With the exception of some rare allergies, sealants don’t have any side effects.

Preventive Dentistry in Cibolo, TX

Here at Cibolo Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we are focused on keeping growing mouths in tip-top shape. We offer a range of services in a friendly, comfortable setting that will have your child smiling by the end of each visit. Give us a call or request a visit online today.

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