Tooth decay is the most common childhood chronic disease in the United States, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
If your child has deep grooves and pits on the chewing surfaces of their molars (back teeth), your Grand Rapids pediatric dentist may recommend dental sealants. Dental sealants prevent childhood cavities by sealing the chewing surfaces of molars.
However, dental sealants for adults are also a possibility if you are at high risk for tooth decay. Your dentist will be able to go over the pros and cons of dental sealants so you can make an informed decision for your oral health.
How Dental Sealants Work
Like the name suggests, dental sealants seal the chewing surfaces of your molars so plaque and food particles can’t build up inside crevices to decay teeth. Since molars are used to grind up the food we eat, it only makes sense that these teeth would be vulnerable to cavities.
The dental sealants procedure takes one trip to our office!
However, patients who have grooves and pits on the chewing surfaces of their molars have an even higher risk for cavities, which is why our Grand Rapids dentist may recommend dental sealants.
Dental Sealant Procedure
The dental sealants procedure takes one trip to our office. First, our dentist will use an acid solution to roughen the chewing surfaces of your molars. That way, the sealant will be able to create a strong connection to your teeth. Next, the dentist will paint the sealant directly onto your teeth where it will bond and harden. If you maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine, you can expect your tooth sealants to last up to 10 years.
The Grand Rapids dentists at GR Family Dental are dedicated to helping you achieve good oral health by offering dental sealants and other preventative dentistry services. If you are interested in learning if you or your child would benefit from dental sealants, give us a call at (616) 455-3020.
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