A dental sealant, also called a fissure sealant, is applied to your mouth via a special gel that is placed directly on your teeth. After the gel is activated and hardened with a light source, your teeth will be harder, stronger, and better protected. They can lower your risk of tooth decay by nearly 80%! Dental sealants are designed to improve your smile by protecting your teeth from decay and enamel erosions. With a dental sealant, your smile will be better protected from the harmful acids produced by plaque buildup; this will help prevent oral emergencies and cavities.
Sealants are possible at almost any time in a person’s life. When a child is around 5 or 6 years old and begins to get their first molars, sealants are great option to use to protect their teeth from damage. According to studies done by the Center for Disease Control, children without sealants are three times more likely to develop cavities! It’s also good to know that a typical sealant will last for around a decade before it needs to be repaired or reapplied.
For more information, call Westlake Pediatric Dentistry in Austin, Texas, at 512-732-0022. Dr. Kyle Raymond and our team are happy to help! We look forward to seeing you smile bright this season.