Even with good oral hygiene, sometimes you may need help to keep your teeth cavity-free. Dental sealants protect against tooth decay and are recommended for most children and some adults. For sealants in Overland Park, call our office today.
At Haake Family Dental, we believe in helping all our patients enjoy healthy smiles. That’s why we offer dental sealants. Our dental team recommends sealants for children to help protect their teeth against cavity-causing bacteria. You can learn more about the benefits of dental sealants by calling our office to schedule an appointment.
Sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay and cavities on your molars and premolars. These areas are the most susceptible to cavities due to the naturally occurring grooves in the surfaces of the enamel. Food particles and bacteria can get stuck in these hard-to-reach grooves, causing decay over time. Even with good oral hygiene, it’s difficult to effectively clean these teeth with brushing and flossing alone.
Sealants act as a barrier and protect the enamel from plaque and acids. Typically, children get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in. These sealants can protect the teeth through the cavity-prone years of ages six to 14. However, adults without decay or fillings in their molars can also benefit from sealants.
The process of applying sealants is easy, fast, and can be completed in just one visit. The application steps are as follows:
Once your sealant is cured, you can resume your normal eating and hygiene routines.
With proper care, your sealants can last up to ten years. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay.
Sealants are not a substitute for brushing your teeth. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene and keep up with professional dental cleanings. Also, sealants do not protect between the teeth, so it is essential to continue to floss daily.