Sealant placement is a preventive dentistry measure against cavities. Made of a thin, clear plastic material, the sealants can be applied by painting on the liquid and hardening it over the tooth. Once hardened the sealant will protect the tooth from bacteria, block food particles, and prevent tooth decay for five to ten years.
What are the benefits of sealants?
Sealants are beneficial for people who cannot thoroughly remove food particles and bacteria from their smiles on a daily basis. This includes children, and people with physical limitations. Children who are just learning to brush do not completely scrub away food debris from hard to reach places like the back teeth. Sealants smooth over the crevices in the anterior, or back teeth, which are more likely to trap food and sugar.
An additional benefit of this preventive dentistry measure is that sealant placement can take as little as a few minutes to complete. After the simple procedure, our experienced dental hygienists in Aventura can also give you more tips for helping your child learn proper oral hygiene.
Who is a candidate for dental sealants?
While sealants are a common procedure for kids, they are also beneficial for patients undergoing orthodontic treatment or people who are unable to complete thorough oral hygiene. Effectively sealing off the tooth, sealants not only block out bacteria, but also fluoride and cleansing from brushing your teeth. Because sealants protect your teeth from negative and positive influences, teeth with any sign of decay are not candidates for sealants. Our Aventura dentist will conduct an X-ray to detect any tooth decay, or caries before placing sealants.
Preventive Dentistry in Aventura
If you would like to protect your teeth from cavities with dental sealants, contact our family dentist in Aventura, Dr. Arun Garg at (305)935-4991 to schedule a dental cleaning or checkup. We look forward to helping you and your family prevent tooth decay for healthy smiles.