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Dental Sealants

What Are Tooth Sealants?

A tooth sealant can help prevent cavities for patients from Waldorf and Leonardtown.

Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves of the chewing surfaces of back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces, so tooth sealants prevent decay by keeping germs and food out of these grooves. Sealants can last for 5–10 years with proper maintenance, making them a durable choice for tooth protection.

Dental Sealants Prevent Cavities in Children

We love recommending dental sealants to young children and teenagers because it can greatly aid them while their oral hygiene habits are still developing. A dental sealant can protect your child’s back molars from decay and cavities.

A dental sealant is an easy procedure for young patients to sit through and provides numerous benefits. Getting your child’s teeth sealed can save you money that might have been spent on dental fillings. Tooth sealants can decrease the time you spend at the dental office and increase your child’s positive feelings about his or her smile.

Am I a Candidate for Tooth Sealants?

get dental sealants to prevent cavities in children at your Mechanicsville MD dentistIf you are considering dental sealants, give us a call. We would be happy to talk to you about the ways that dental sealants might benefit your back teeth and whether or not dental sealants are right for you.

Patients with questions can find the answers they’re looking for when they visit our office. At our practice, we believe in preventative care and love to help patients maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Sealants

Here are answers to some of the most common questions we receive about tooth sealants:

Are dental sealants safe?
Yes, Dental Sealants are safe and considered to be a part of normal preventive maintenance in children to keep their teeth protected from cavity causing bacteria. Sealants work by creating a hard, protective coating over all the deep grooves and pits of teeth that could trap food and bacteria. By sealing the grooves and pits, they protect the teeth from one of the most common forms of cavities.
How long do dental sealants typically last?
With proper maintenance and avoidance of very sticky foods, you can expect sealants to last around 3-5 years on average.
Can adults get dental sealants?
Absolutely! We highly recommend adults get sealants because of the same ongoing benefits and protection sealants provide. Dental Sealants are a wonderful preventive procedure that costs far less than a filling, with a higher benefit in decay prevention.
*This content reviewed for accuracy by Dr. Kara McCray Demer, DDS.

Learn More by Calling St. Mary’s Dental Today!

To find out more about our dental sealants, get in touch with us at our Mechanicsville, MD, dental office today. We would love to schedule an appointment or consultation with one of our talented dentists. Let Dr. Kara McCray Demer and Dr. Gina McCray help you.

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St. Mary's Dental
28160 Old Village Rd Mechanicsville, MD 20659
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