What You Need to Know About Dental Sealants

What You Need to Know About Dental Sealants

If you are someone who wishes to product your teeth from decay, the most important thing you can do is to brush and floss regularly. That being said, brushing and flossing can only go so far, which is why many people elect to have dental sealants installed. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced New Jersey dental team to learn more about dental sealants and how they may benefit you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are essentially small pieces of plastic that will be placed on the molars and premolars in the back of your mouth. The main function of dental sealants is to protect your teeth from all acid and bacteria that are known to cause tooth decay. Furthermore, the procedure to have dental sealants installed is both simple and painless. In fact, once we place the sealant on your tooth, we can bond it to the tooth with a self-curing light in about 30 seconds. Additionally, what makes this procedure even better is the fact that after only 30 seconds, your dental sealants can last you up to 10 years, provided you take good care of them and continue to give your teeth regular care as well. The one thing you must keep in mind is that dental sealants are not the end-all-be-all to tooth decay; you will still have to regularly brush and floss if you want to get the most out of your sealants.

Can my child have dental sealants installed?

Yes. In fact, the ideal time for anyone to have dental sealants installed is when they are between the ages of 5 to 14. This is primarily because you cannot have a dental sealant installed on a tooth that has already had a cavity, and it is always best to have these sealants installed before any decay has time to start. For this very reason, childhood is the ideal time to have dental sealants installed. Finally, you should note that if, for whatever reason, if you wish to have a dental sealant removed, you absolutely can. If you have any additional questions about dental sealants, please do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced New Jersey dental team today. We are always here to help.

Contact The Dental Associates of Basking Ridge

Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!

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