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The Facts About Sealants

Dental sealant application may sound like just a routine dental procedure for kids, but there is much more to it than that. The team at Andover Dental Cosmetic Group is passionate about helping you understand the importance and benefits of dental sealants in you or your child’s smile.

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What Sealants Do

A sealant prevents food and cavity-causing bacteria from getting trapped inside the tiny grooves on the chewing surface of teeth. Toothbrush bristles cannot access these grooves, so a sealant preserves a more open area that is easier to keep clean.

Safe and Conservative

Unlike fillings, sealants are actually thin resinous coatings that are applied to the “valleys” on the chewing surface of a back tooth. They don’t require any tooth structure to be drilled away. A light coating of etchant is painted onto the tooth to condition the surface. This helps the sealant to adhere properly. The sealant then bonds to the etched surface. A sealant can be worn away over several years, but the exposed areas are naturally fortified by fluoride and other minerals.

Just an Ounce of Prevention

Let’s face it: kids tend to have a hard time remembering to brush their teeth! Cavities commonly form on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. By placing sealants on adult teeth as soon as they erupt, you give your son or daughter an added defense against cavities in the event that their brushing habits are less than stellar.

Child at the dentist in Andover, MA

By preventing disease now and promoting good habits, you can spare your children a lot of pain and expense down the road. Sealants could make all the difference in whether or not your child develops a cavity on a tooth later on in life.

Schedule a consultation at Andover Cosmetic Dental Group to find out more about how dental sealants can make a difference in your and your children’s smiles.

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