Dental Sealants Arlington VA
At Arlington Dental Excellence, we offer preventive care resources in addition to professional teeth cleanings and exams and your own oral care routine. If you need an extra defense against tooth decay, Dr. Layth Ghanim may recommend that you consider dental sealants, especially for the hard-to-reach areas of your teeth.
Dental sealants are thin layers of resin that are “painted” onto your back molars to provide a protective layer between your enamel and any harmful bacteria. Food particles tend to get trapped in molars, since they have rough and uneven surfaces. Sealants help prevent cavities from forming. They can even stop decay in its early stages. This treatment is most commonly recommended for children who are still developing proper dental hygiene habits.
Sealants aren’t just for kids, though. Adults can also benefit from sealants. This is especially true for older adults and those who take certain medications, since both these factors decrease the amount of saliva in the mouth. Saliva helps reduce tooth decay., Sealants can also benefit adults whose molars have deep pits and grooves that often trap bacteria and food particles. Ask your dentist if you could benefit from sealants. Keep in mind that sealants do not work on dental implants or restorations.
To apply dental sealants, our dentist first cleans and dries the teeth before painting the liquid sealant over the chewing surface of each molar. The sealant is then dried with a special light. As the sealant dries, it creates a smoother surface that promotes easier brushing and lessens the risk of dental cavities. Dental sealants are clear or tooth-colored to blend in with your natural smile. Sealants can be placed over cavities, but your dentist will need to monitor the tooth on a regular basis to make sure no further damage is occurring.
When should my child get dental sealants?
Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as they come in. This allows the teeth to be protected through the ages 6 to 14, when teeth are most prone to cavities. Sealants can last up to10 years with proper care. However, they can wear out and chip before then, so they should be checked at every dentist visit.
Safety and Risks
Sealants are safe to use and the process is painless. They have been used for the past 40 years with no issues. There have been no reported adverse reactions to dental sealants.
Sealants help the teeth stay intact. They are also very effective. Statistics show that school-aged children without sealants have, on average, three times more cavities than children who do have sealants.
Contact Us Today
Sealants are a great option for keeping your child’s teeth healthy. If you are concerned about your and your family’s oral health and would like to learn more about dental sealants in Arlington, Virginia, we invite you to contact our dentist and team. Call 703-525-0157 today to schedule a visit to our office. Your dental insurance will likely cover sealants for your children. Confirm your insurance coverage today.