At Sapphire Smiles Dental Specialists, we strive to help our patients maintain healthy smiles. To help your children learn how to keep their smiles beautiful, we can teach them how to brush their teeth and properly floss. Also, we can provide preventive services like dental sealants to keep cavities from forming on your own teeth.
What Is Dental Sealant?
A sealant is a plastic coating that protects the chewing surfaces of teeth to keep food particles from getting caught in them and decaying. Sealants also keep sugars off teeth, as well as bacteria that cause dental decay.
It is usually placed on the premolars and molars of teeth because they get used the most for chewing food when you eat. Before applying a sealant, a dentist will examine the teeth and clean them before the application. If the patient has dental decay, the decay will have to be removed before the sealant is applied.
A sealant consists of plastic and other dental materials that create a protective coating. A dentist will brush it onto the surfaces of the back teeth to protect them against cavities. As the coat dries, it forms the seal.
Taking Care of the Sealant
After one of our dentists applies the dental sealants, they will tell you how to care for them. Maintain your teeth by brushing and flossing them as you usually would but spit out your toothpaste and don’t rinse your teeth. With care, sealants can last up to ten years.
It is possible to damage sealants by indulging in hard foods like candy, nuts, or chewing ice. Try to avoid those habits if you can. However, repairing a sealant is easy to do. Our dentists can brush some sealant over any holes or tears they find to patch it so that it is as good as new.
If you’re concerned about maintaining your child’s teeth or your own, consult with one of our dentists at one of our locations in Houston, Richmond, Magnolia, or League City about using dental sealants. A sealant is an easy way to keep cavities at bay and provide your kids with a healthy smile throughout their youth.