Dental Sealants – Palm Harbor, FL
A Quick, Effective Way to Protect Vulnerable Smiles
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay is one of the most prevalent conditions facing children today. In fact, it is second only to the common cold! While a solid brushing and flossing routine can help tremendously, sometimes growing smiles need some extra help. That’s where dental sealants in Palm Harbor come in! By “sealing” off the grooves of your child’s back teeth, Dr. Maggie Davis and our team can quickly and effectively fight off cavities. To schedule your appointment, contact our office today!
Why Choose Dr. Maggie Davis & Associates For Dental Sealants?
- Caring Dentists Who Are Also Moms
- Comfortable Atmosphere Where Children Can Relax
- Dental Insurance Welcomed and Accepted
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are protective coatings to seal the grooves of your teeth with a thin composite resin. We are selective with our sealant material which is ADA-approved and non-toxic. By applying it along every crevice of your child’s molars, our dentist in Palm Harbor can create a shield between food particles and their teeth. Plus, this protective barrier is extremely successful at warding off decay, which significantly lowers your child’s risk of cavities. Most insurances will cover a portion of the cost because sealants are so common and effective at preventing tooth decay. Dentists have been sealing teeth since the 1960's and as a result, Americans have been keeping their teeth longer than ever before.
Who Is a Candidate for Dental Sealants?
Although sealants can be used on patients of all ages, especially cavity-prone adults, they are typically placed on children. After all, they often are the most vulnerable to decay as they develop the skills needed to properly brush and floss their teeth. By applying the defensive coating to their primary or permanent teeth, you can have peace of mind knowing their growing smile has an additional layer of protection.
How Are Dental Sealants Placed?
The great news is that dental sealants only take a few minutes to apply! At your child’s routine appointment, we thoroughly clean the tooth, then carefully brush on a layer of the sealant material into every nook and cranny of their back teeth. This protects them from the plaque and bacteria responsible for decay. From there, we will use a special light to solidify the material in just 20 seconds. Once this step is complete, your child can eat and drink right away. It's painless and simple. We will keep an eye on the sealants at your child’s routine appointments to ensure they are in tip-top shape. On average sealants last anywhere from three to five years before they need to be replaced. This depends on if your child grinds their teeth during sleep or chews a lot of ice or hard foods. It's exceedingly rare, but if we see one of our sealants wear down within the first year, we will touch up that sealant at no charge to you! Does it sound like your child’s smile can benefit from dental sealants? Our team would love to help! Don’t hesitate to contact our office to learn more or schedule your little one’s appointment.
Does it sound like your child’s smile can benefit from dental sealants? Our team would love to help! Don’t hesitate to contact our office to learn more or schedule your little one’s appointment.