By Dow Dental
August 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentists in Springfield want you to knowsealants

If you have children, there is one dental procedure that you need to know about. This procedure can save you time, money, and can save your children from painful tooth decay. If you haven’t heard about dental sealants, then you haven’t heard about this important weapon against tooth decay. Drs. Coleman and Douglas Dow at Dow Dental in Springfield, OR want to share how dental sealants work and how they can save your children’s’ smiles.

Dental sealants are designed to protect the deep grooves, fissures and crevices that are a normal part of tooth anatomy. Brushing and flossing can’t clean deep into these deep areas effectively. That’s why tooth decay is so common in these deep areas.

When you choose dental sealants, they can:

  • Prevent food and debris from packing into deep surfaces
  • Prevent plaque and bacteria from hiding in deep tooth anatomy
  • Prevent tooth decay from beginning in the deep grooves, crevices and fissures of teeth
  • Add extra protection because brushing and flossing aren’t enough

The sealant material is a clear or tooth-colored liquid resin that is flowed into the deep anatomical features of teeth. The liquid is then hardened into a protective coating on the top surfaces of teeth. The result is a smile that is decay-resistant and strong.

Dental sealants can only be applied to healthy teeth that have not been restored with fillings. That’s why it's recommended children get sealants on their first molars between 5 and 7 years old and on their second molars between 11 and 14 years old.

There are many benefits of dental sealants. These are just a few:

  • Treatment is inexpensive, compared to other dental restorative treatments
  • Treatment is quick, taking only a few minutes
  • Treatment is painless, not requiring any anesthetic
  • Treatment is non-invasive, not harming vital tooth structure

If you want to save yourself time and money, and your child from painful decay and needless dental work, consider dental sealants! For more information about dental sealants and other preventive dental treatment call Drs. Coleman and Douglas Dow at Dow Dental in Springfield, OR. Don’t wait until your children suffer tooth decay, call now!