Sealants

Hyattsville Dental Care

General Dentist located in Hyattsville, MD

Even the most diligent oral hygiene routine can’t reach every nook and cranny of your teeth. At Hyattsville Dental Care in Hyattsville, Maryland, George Harding, DDS, and the team offer dental sealants to protect teeth against decay. Sealants help ward off cavity-causing bacteria. To learn more, call Hyattsville Dental Care or schedule an appointment online today.

Sealants Q & A

What are sealants?

Dental sealants are protective coatings that provide a barrier for teeth that are vulnerable to decay. Many individuals can benefit from sealants, but they’re highly common in children. 

By applying this protective coating to your child’s tooth, your dentist can help prevent cavities from forming. This ensures your child’s teeth stay healthy throughout their life.

How do sealants work?

Leftover food particles, bacteria, and other debris can cause plaque, a form of bacteria that sticks to the teeth. Plaque eventually releases toxins that eat away at your child’s protective enamel, the hard layer on the outside of the teeth. 

Once applied to the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth, sealants act as a barrier against debris. When these small particles can’t settle into the crevices of your child’s teeth, plaque can’t develop and cause cavities. 

After cavities form, they continue growing and destroying the healthy tooth structure. Applying sealants keeps your child’s teeth enamel healthy and strong.

Who should get sealants?

The earlier your child gets sealants, the less likely they are to develop cavities. The dentists at Hyattsville Dental Care recommend opting for sealants the moment their molars erupt. Molars typically begin erupting around age 6 and continue until age 12. 

Not only do sealants protect your child’s teeth, but they can also save you money on restorative fillings in the future. Restorative treatments, such as fillings, dental crowns, and bridges are far more expensive and invasive than dental sealants.

What happens during the sealants process?

Applying a sealant is typically a quick process. The team at Hyattsville Dental Care starts by cleansing and brushing the affected tooth. 

Once the washed tooth dries, your child’s dentist applies an acidic solution to the tooth to create a rough surface. These microscopic fissures allow the sealant to adhere to the tooth.

Next, your child’s dentist places the dental sealant as a liquid. A special curing light then hardens the sealant to protect your child’s tooth against decay.

With proper care, such as regular brushing, flossing, and fluoride treatments, sealants can last for several years.

To learn more about dental sealants, call Hyattsville Dental Care or schedule an appointment online today.