Dental Sealants

Are you at high risk for cavities? If so, our dentists may recommend dental sealants for your molars (back teeth). Dental sealants cover the chewing surface of your molars. This eliminates deep pits and grooves where plaque can hide. Our dentists can use sealants for patients of all ages, from children to adults.

Dental Sealants for Children

Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dental sealants can help protect your child’s teeth when they’re most vulnerable to cavities (age 6-14). We often suggest sealants as soon as the premolars and permanent teeth erupt.

What to Expect

Applying sealants is fast, easy, and painless. During the procedure, we roughen the chewing surface of your molars. Our dentists then paint on the sealant. Doing this allows the sealant to bond strongly to the surface of your teeth so it’ll last for years to come.

During the procedure, we:

  • Clean and dry teeth.
  • Apply acidic gel to roughen chewing surfaces of molars.
  • Rinse away the acidic gel.
  • Dry teeth.
  • Paint liquid sealant solution over grooves in molars.
  • Harden dental sealants with a special curing light.

Aftercare Instructions

Dental sealants are not meant to replace good oral hygiene habits. You’ll need to continue brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily to remove plaque at home. You’ll also need to see our dentists at least every 6 months for a teeth cleaning and oral examination.

During your appointment, our dentists will examine your back teeth to see if they need to touch up the sealants. In general, you can expect your sealants to last up to 10 years as long as you practice good oral hygiene at home.

Learn More About Dental Sealants

While cavities are relatively common, there’s a lot you can do to protect your oral health. But first, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with one of our family dentists in Grandville, MI, by calling the Grandville Dental Health Center at (616) 531-0360. We hope we hear from you soon!

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