Sealants: Providing Extra Smile Protection

Sealants: Providing Extra Smile ProtectionA parent will often tell you that their number one priority is protecting their children. Protecting your child’s smile can be done by teaching your child good oral health habits that they can carry with them throughout their life. Routine dental visits are part of the good oral health habits; routine visits allow for any potential issues to be identified. Regular dental visits also allow for a professional cleaning to the smile clear of plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Your dentist can also recommend a bit of extra smile protection in the form of dental sealants. While sealants do not give a free pass for unlimited candy and skipped flossing, they can be a protective barrier against cavity-causing bacteria. 

How Do Dental Sealants Work?

Dental sealants are thin layers of a BPA-free, bio-compatible acrylic painted directly onto the chewing surfaces of teeth. The sealants act as a protective barrier between plaque and the teeth. Plaque is that sticky bio-film composed of a buildup of bacteria. Plaque can cling to teeth and cause acid to attack the enamel of the teeth causing problems. Plaque actually builds up on the sealants rather than on the surfaces of the teeth. Dental sealants essentially slow the process of enamel erosion by making it harder for oral bacteria to collect on and to penetrate the teeth.

Pairs Well With Good Habits

Sealants are biodegradable and they will disappear on their own but usually after a decade or so. During routine dental exams, your dentist can check on the sealants to ensure they are still providing protection to the smile. As stated above, dental sealants are not a free pass at bad habits, but they can give you peace of mind about your family’s smiles. Good, effective brushing and flossing along with regular dental visits and mindful nutrition are still the best ways to protect anyone’s smile.

Help protect your child’s smile with dental sealants

Dental sealants can add an extra layer of protection to your child’s smile. To schedule a consultation with 7 Day Dental, contact one of our offices closest to you in Fort Worth, TX, at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive. Our Benbrook office is now open, call 817-349-7860.