One of the most effective proactive steps parents can take to help ensure that their children will not develop tooth decay and cavities is to have their dentist apply “sealants” to their children’s teeth. The most likely place for cavities to develop in children is on the chewing surfaces of their back teeth, where the tiny grooves known as “pits and fissures” trap bacteria and food particles. Because toothbrush bristles don’t always effectively clean down to the bottoms of these crevices, children stand to benefit greatly from the application of an invisible plastic coating that smooths uneven chewing surfaces and seals out food and bacteria. Dental sealants are easy to apply and cost far less than the dental fillings they prevent.
When checking into the benefits of dental sealants to protect your smile in Batavia, consider Batavia Family Dental for treatment. We are pleased to offer sealant treatment for children and adults to protect teeth from decay. If you'd like to learn more about the benefits of teeth sealants, schedule a consultation appointment with our dentist in Batavia. We keep smiles healthy and bright with the dental services and technology that are designed to keep your smile healthy for your lifetime.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Sealants?
Practicing good oral health care is just one way of avoiding cavities – there are also preventive treatments that protect teeth from bacteria and the sugary sweets that cause tooth decay. It's not easy getting into all the nooks and crannies between and behind teeth when brushing and flossing, especially once adult teeth emerge. But you can protect teeth in hard-to-reach areas by scheduling a sealant treatment with our team. Teeth sealants are an affordable investment in your family's beautiful smiles and work in conjunction with regular checkups and cleanings.
How Long Will Sealants Last?
Sealants are not a one-time solution to dental care; instead, they are designed to be one part of your treatment plan. You can expect teeth sealants to last for an average of 10 years when you commit to twice-annual checkups and cleanings with your dentist in Batavia. If you have additional questions about dental sealants, just give us a call – we’d love to help you understand any of the dental treatments we provide.
How Dental Sealants Work
Dental sealants work precisely as their name suggests, by sealing out food and bacteria that lead to cavities, especially in younger patients who have not yet acquired the skills to brush and floss adequately, or for people who have lost dexterity. It takes only a few minutes for our team at Batavia Family Dental to apply teeth sealants:
- Professional dental cleaning
- Chewing surfaces roughened to help the sealant adhere
- Sealant painted on to the tooth enamel
- A curing light hardens the sealant.
Regular visits to your dentist in Batavia are essential to check the sealant and decide if reapplication is necessary for ongoing protection. We highly recommend visits to Batavia Family Dental every six months as the best way to keep your family's smiles their healthiest.
Not Just for Kids
While sealants were once offered only to children at risk for tooth decay, patients of all ages now appreciate this protection against cavities. Ask our friendly team if sealants are an option for protecting your teeth from decay. We offer no-obligation consultation and second opinion appointments to address your dental concerns and to create a personalized treatment plan for your beautiful, healthy smile.
Contact us today to learn if teeth sealants can help protect your family’s smiles. We’d love to meet you and welcome you to our practice family – where your healthy, attractive, and functional smile is our top priority.
Yours in dental health,
Dr. Steve Sokolovskiy, dentist in Batavia
P.S. After slightly “etching” the area to be sealed with an acid solution to better ensure proper adhesion, the dentist brushes on liquid sealant, which hardens in about one minute.