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Dental Sealants For Kids

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Facts About Dental Sealants for Kids

Dental sealants provide an easy, affordable cavity prevention solution for families in Kyle. Kids Tooth Team applies these protective coatings to help safeguard children's smiles. Read on and explore everything families should know about dental sealants.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are made of a clear, plastic resin that bonds with tooth enamel once cured. This extra layer of coverage protects teeth by blocking out acids and plaque that cause decay. The material matches your child's natural tooth color, and blends seamlessly in with the smile once applied.

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Why Are Dental Sealants Applied?

Sealants get placed on back molars, which face higher cavity risk due to difficult access for brushing and deep natural grooves that accumulate debris. The resin flows into these crevices so food and bacteria cannot penetrate the enamel and lead to decay. Both primary and permanent teeth benefit from sealants since all are susceptible to decay from bacteria. The coatings shield vulnerable sites and allow for healthier, happier smiles.

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How Are Dental Sealants Applied?

Applying sealants is a quick and painless process. The tooth first gets cleaned before the dentist etches, or slightly roughens, the enamel to aid in bonding. After washing and drying the tooth, the resin material brushes on before being cured with a special dental light. The procedure takes just minutes per tooth, and patients can resume normal oral activities right after.

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How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?

Properly applied sealants remain intact for up to 10 years despite the pressures from biting and chewing. Our kids dentists in Kyle inspect them at routine dental checkups, and we can replace any damaged or deteriorated sections as needed. Reapplication ensures extended protection against tooth decay.

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