What Are Dental Sealants?
Sealants provide protection for your teeth by keeping plaque from forming in the tiny crevices of the chewing surfaces. Our team often recommends sealants for children because kids’ teeth have small depressions in them that make them harder to properly clean through brushing alone. Sealants coat these small indentations, forming a protective layer against plaque and decay.
Why Are Sealants Important?
Dental sealants are an effective preventative measure against cavities and tooth decay that we offer here at William L. Ingram, DMD. They can be especially helpful if your child has a weakness for sweets and/or a hard time sticking to good dental cleaning habits. Sealants have been shown to reduce cavities by up to 80 percent, and can last up to 10 years.
How We Can Help: We Can Easily Apply Sealants During Your Next Visit
The process of applying sealants is short, easy, and does not require drilling or the removal of any tooth structure. After the teeth are cleaned, a special gel is placed on the chewing surfaces for a few seconds. Each tooth is then washed and dried before the sealant is painted on. Typically, we also shine a special curing light on the tooth to help harden the sealant.
If you have questions about dental sealants for yourself, your child, or other loved one, don’t hesitate to ask. Call us today at (256) 883-7832 and together we can determine the best solution for your and your family.