What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are a preventive dental treatment used to protect your teeth from tooth decay. Sealants are created from a plastic resin material, which is applied to the teeth to prevent decay and damage. The resin creates a barrier on the tooth surface, blocking out the bacteria and food particles that can cause tooth decay. The dental sealant also forms a smooth surface on the tooth, which is easier to keep clean than the grooves and pits of the natural tooth surface. Dental sealants are an important component of preventive dentistry that can help to keep your smile free from tooth decay.
 
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Does my child need sealants?

Our knowledgeable dentists, Dr. Johnson, Dr. Burt, and Dr. Allen, recommend that your child has dental sealants applied to the back permanent molars as soon as they erupt, which is typically between the ages of 6 and 12. The process for applying dental sealants in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, is fast, comfortable, and completely painless. The resin material is simply painted onto the surface of the tooth – dental sealants require no shots, needles, or anesthetic. If you would like to learn more about dental sealants and how then can protect your child’s oral health, we welcome you to call or visit us today.