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Dental Sealants in East Peoria, IL

The acids produced by bacteria inside the mouth eat away at tooth enamel, which leads to painful cavities. Tooth decay is one of the most prevalent children’s health problems in the world, but you’re not powerless against it. Dental sealants can help keep a healthy smile on your child’s face. Here’s everything that you need to know about sealants for teeth.

Dental Sealants: Keeping the Bad Guys Out

A dental sealant is a white or clear plastic film that’s painted onto teeth in a thin layer. Dental sealants keep food particles and plaque away from vulnerable tooth enamel by creating a resilient barrier that lasts for several years. A sealant is almost invisible, but it’s on duty day and night to protect the vulnerable chewing surfaces of molars from decay. Back teeth are more prone to cavities because they’re harder to reach with a toothbrush, and they’re also covered in fissures and pits where plaque can easily accumulate. With tooth sealants in place, the risk of cavities is almost cut in half.

Understanding the Dental Sealant Procedure

Having a tooth sealant applied is easy and painless, even for little ones. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Before dental sealants are applied, teeth are cleaned and prepped.
  2. Cotton is tucked around each prepared tooth to keep it dry.
  3. The tooth surfaces are treated with an acid solution to help the dental sealants bond more easily.
  4. After the acid is rinsed away and the teeth are dried, the dental sealant is brushed onto the molar surfaces.
  5. Some types of dental sealants are cured with a special LED light that can be inserted into the mouth. This is a safe and painless process that only takes a few seconds.

How Much Will Dental Sealants Cost?

Tooth sealant cost depends on the number of teeth treated and the type of sealant used. If you have dental insurance, your plan may cover most or all of the cost of dental sealants. To learn more about the cost of getting dental sealants in East Peoria, contact our office for details.

Protective Dental Sealants for Adults

While children receive treatment with dental sealants more often, tooth sealant for adults can protect older patients who have a higher risk of tooth decay. Increased risk may be due to hereditary conditions, receding gum tissues or prescription medications that reduce saliva production. Visit one of our experienced dentists to find out if you’re a good candidate for adult dental sealants.

Sealants for Kids’ Teeth

Most pediatric dentists recommend applying dental sealants to a child’s first and second molars shortly after they have erupted. Prompt sealing ensures that teeth are protected before damage has a chance to start.

Are Teeth Sealants for Children Safe?

Every sealant dental professionals use has been tested for safety in children and adults. Although many people aren’t aware of them, dental sealants have been used successfully since the 1960s. Whether you’re a parent who wants to protect your little one’s smile or an adult with a family history of cavities, we’re ready to help. Learn more about getting effective, affordable dental sealants in East Peoria by contacting our office today.

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