Fight Cavities with a Simple Preventive Treatment
Dental sealants are a quick and easy treatment to guard against decay and cavities. Sealants are made of a thin, pliable plastic material that is applied to the tops of the back teeth (premolars and molars). Once they are in place, dental sealants keep plaque, tartar, bacteria, and food particles out of the deep grooves on the chewing surfaces, which are hard to keep clean. Sealants can last many years with proper care.
Dental sealants not only improve your oral hygiene and prevent cavities, but they can also save you money by helping to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Talk to Dr. James Peterson during your dental exam in our Coppell, TX office to decide if dental sealants are a good choice for you or your child.
Best Candidates for
Anyone of any age who is prone to getting cavities and oral diseases is a good candidate for dental sealants. Most often, sealants are recommended for younger children and teens who have a more difficult time maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine. Dental sealants are a fast, simple treatment, which makes it a desirable procedure for all ages.
What to Expect
During an initial consultation with Dr. Peterson, he will first need to assess your (or your child’s) teeth to determine if sealants are an appropriate option. The teeth involved must be cleaned and polished prior to the actual application to remove all traces of bacteria, plaque, and tartar. Then, Dr. Peterson will brush on the sealants and set them with a special light. After application, Dr. Peterson will make sure that the sealants are in the correct position. The entire process only takes a few minutes to complete and can be done after a regular dental cleaning appointment.
Follow-Up & After Care
There is no recovery time with dental sealants, as it is a non-invasive treatment, and you or your child can resume normal activities right away. It is important that you or your child continue to follow a regular home oral care routine, including brushing twice every day, along with mouthwash and flossing. We advise avoiding putting pressure on the teeth with sealants or eating sticky foods to help the sealants last as long as possible. With good care, dental sealants can stay in place for many years. During your next dental exam at James Peterson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Peterson will determine if your dental sealants need to be reapplied.
Dental sealants are a great option for adults, teens, and children to prevent cavities and possible future dental procedures. A quick and painless procedure, sealants can help you and your family experience better dental visits and improved overall health. If you would like to learn more about dental sealants, contact our Coppell, TX office to book a consultation with Dr. Peterson.