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Dental Sealants – North Port, FL

An Extra Boost of Protection Against Cavities

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Sometimes you might have a hard time reaching to brush and floss the teeth in the back of the mouth, called the premolars and molars. This is especially true for kids, since their arms may not be quite long enough to reach those teeth. That’s why we at Shore Dental offer sealants to help provide a little extra boost of protection against cavities. We would love to be the dentist to help protect your child’s smile! Contact us today to learn more.

What Are Dental Sealants?

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Dental sealants are thin, plastic-like coatings that are painted onto the grooves in the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars to help provide protection against bacteria and acids that result in tooth decay. Back teeth contain grooves, also called fissures, where bits of food and bacteria can get trapped and cause cavities. Sealants act as a shield to prevent bacteria and food form entering these nooks and crannies and wreaking havoc.   

Why Would Someone Need Sealants?

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Sealants are most often placed in children’s mouths, since sometimes their arms aren’t long enough to reach their back teeth. They may also be placed in adults who are at risk for severe tooth decay. Sealants provide extra protection because not even the ultra-thin bristles of a toothbrush can reach into all the crevices of your molars. That’s why our dentists want to take extra precaution to keep decay out of your little one’s smile.

How and When Are Dental Sealants Placed?

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Getting dental sealants placed is an easy procedure. First, one of our dental hygienists will clean, dry, and etch the tooth. Next, they will coat the sealant material on with a brush. Then, a self-curing light will be applied for about 30 seconds to bond the sealants to the surface of the tooth. Finally, one of our dentists will evaluate the sealants and make sure your child’s bite is unaffected.  

Sealants are usually placed on the grooves of the first molar once the chewing surface has completely erupted above the gumline. This should happen around the age of six. The molars and premolars will continue to erupt until around age twelve. It’s a good idea to get sealants as soon as molars start coming in, and then again once they have all erupted. A little extra protection never hurts!

How Long Do Sealants Last?

Dental sealants have been an effective way of preventing cavities since they were first invented in the 1970s. Multiple studies have shown that when sealants are placed on the chewing surfaces of teeth, those patients have far less decay. The studies have also shown that sealants can last for many, many years before needing to be replaced. However, it’s recommended to get sealants replaced every few years. It’s never a bad idea to invest in extra cavity protection!

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