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14Feb2011

Prevention Through Dental Sealants

YES, WE KNOW, ANOTHER POST ABOUT A DENTAL TOPIC THAT DOESN’T SOUND VERY EXCITING. Dental sealants might not be the most entertaining subject you can think of, but don’t let the boring name fool you… Dental sealants are an important part of preventive dental care. For many of our patients, this simple and quick procedure is one of the easiest things we can do for you to help prevent cavities and tooth decay.

All of our dentists at Elizabethtown Dental recommend sealants as preventive dental care for most of our youth patients. Take a look inside your child’s mouth and you can probably see a difference in their teeth. Smaller teeth mean smaller grooves and depressions than adult teeth, making it harder for little ones to keep clean with just brushing alone. Sealants create a protection for these small depressions and grooves. This preventive care is a great way to help keep away plaque and prevent cavities. Even though it’s ideal to get sealants as a child, adults are also often good candidates for dental sealants.

Sealants are easy to apply, and can be done during a very short visit here at our office. After your teeth are cleaned and prepped, the sealing solution is painted directly on tooth surfaces. Then, a curing light hardens the sealant. After the sealant is hardened you’re on your way—no need to wait to eat or drink. Routine dental checkups will allow us to keep tabs on your sealants, making sure they’re in good condition.

Sealant procedures can last about 10 years, making it possible for one application to last from childhood into adulthood. Since this is such a simple procedure that so greatly helps with preventive care, many insurances cover it. To see if it’s the right time to get sealants for your children or yourself, just ask us using our contact form. Or, you can always send us a message on Twitter or on our Facebook wall with your questions, or give us a call here at our Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania office at 717-367-1336.

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