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When you think of “sealants” you might think of home repair or waterproofing your fishing boat. But sealants can be used on teeth, as well. In fact, dental sealants are a great way to protect against cavities and enamel erosion. Here are some basics about dental sealants.

Our back teeth (molars and premolars) have a complicated landscape. Their nubs help break apart food as we chew. But this makes them sometimes difficult to clean. Food particles and plaque can become lodged in pits and fissures, which leads to the development of cavities. Dental sealants work to prevent this by “sealing out” these particles.

A dental sealant is a thin coating of plastic applied to the chewing surface of a tooth. It stands between the tooth and harmful acid that can accumulate and eat through enamel. They are especially useful on children whose permanent teeth have just appeared. Children are more prone to cavities than adults, so the added protection offered by dental sealant is very beneficial. Children with baby teeth can also receive dental sealants, as can adults with no fillings or tooth decay.

Application is simple and painless. Sealant is simply painted onto prepared teeth, where it immediately bonds with tooth enamel. It is sturdy and durable, so it stands up well to normal chewing activity. It can last several years and is easily reapplied if it becomes chipped or worn. Dental sealant is covered by many insurance plans.

Dental sealant is an effective tool you can use to protect yours and your family’s teeth. Please call Vela Dental Centers Kingsville at our Kingsville, TX, office to learn more information or set an appointment.