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Function of Dental Sealants

September 5, 2016
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Posted By: Dr. Kristen Mazzei
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At Atlantic Dental, we offer dental sealants in our Ocean City, MD dental office as part of a healthy preventive dentistry routine.

If you have a child, you may have heard the recommendation for dental sealants at some point while accompanying your child on visits to the dentist. If you are like most patients, however, you may have some questions about the function of dental sealants in your child’s oral health.

Dental Sealants Protect from Decay

Decay is the most common childhood disease. In most cases, decay is largely preventable with the proper home care and dental cleanings necessary to keep your child free from decay. At Atlantic Dental, we offer the full scope of preventive dentistry treatments to help your child maintain a comfortable, healthy smile for a lifetime. Dental sealants play a big role in that prevention.

Dental sealants provide a barrier between the food particles and bacteria that cause decay. Unlike fluoride, which strengthens enamel, dental sealants actually place a physical barrier in the deep grooves of your child’s teeth, where decay is most likely to occur.

Dental sealants are painless and do not require any anesthetic. We paint sealants on the teeth and cure them until they harden and become durable. Sealants can last for up to several years when we can replace them, if necessary. The composite material we use is made of BPA-free plastic and will blend in with your child’s natural teeth.

At a fraction of the cost of a filling, dental sealants are a great investment in the health of your child. They even work great for adults with particularly deep grooves in their teeth to protect teeth from decay.

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For more information about dental sealants in Ocean City, MD, contact our family dental practice for an exam with Dr. Takacs.

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