The Benefits of Dental Sealants

It’s not always practical to assume that your child will take care of his or her teeth properly—many adults don’t even keep up with regular dental hygiene. Also, children are more likely to get multiple cavities because of their attraction to candy and sweets. Your child can enjoy long-term benefits from a simple and effective treatment called dental sealants, which can be applied by a family dentist at Silverman & Associates University Dental Family Dentistry in Bellmore and Bayside, NY.

What Is a Dental Sealant?
The back teeth (molars) have fissures and pits that make it easier for you to chew tough foods. Unfortunately, those crevices can become susceptible to enamel damage and tooth decay. A dental sealant is a covering that protects the top surface of the molars from food, particles, sugar, and bad bacteria. Sealants are made of a liquid plastic resin material that hardens with a curing light. The fissures and pits have an extra coating of protection to stop cavities from forming.

Benefits of Dental Sealants
When you take your child in for a checkup and cleaning, there’s a good chance that your Bellmore and Bayside, NY family dentist will recommend dental sealants. These are some of the benefits of this preventative dental treatment for your child:

- The sealant treatment is a painless treatment that only requires a relatively short appointment with your dentist.
- You increase the chance that your child’s teeth (both primary and permanent) will stay intact well into their older years.

How Long Will Dental Sealants Last?
Before a dental sealant is applied, the tooth is cleaned and checked thoroughly for any signs of decay. After the treatment, the protective benefits should last for up to a year. You’ll save the time and trouble of having to take your child in for a potentially stressful appointment for a cavity filling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that dental sealants prevent 80 percent of cavities in the back molar teeth.

Schedule an Appointment for Your Child
Dental sealants are usually suggested for young children for the prevention of cavities and tooth decay. It may give you peace of mind as a parent. Call today for an examination with a family dentist at Silverman & Associates. Call (516) 781-9700 for Bellmore or (718) 225-0515 for Bayside, NY.