Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings, which are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back molars and any deep grooves in the teeth. Sealants are an especially common preventative option for kids who are just learning how to brush their own teeth and may not be able to get into the far corners of the teeth and mouth quite yet. The sealant will act as a barrier between the teeth and any harmful plaque that may accidentally be left behind after brushing.
BPA FREE SEALANTS
Here at Balota Family Dentistry, we’re proud to offer sealant material that is BPA free. BPA is a volatile estrogenic agent and can be dangerous for children. Traditional sealants may contain BPA, but Dr. Nora Balota is committed to the safety of all the patients who visit our office. Because of this, we offer only BPA free dental sealants.
REASONS TO RECEIVE DENTAL SEALANTS
There are numerous reasons why sealants may be an option for you to consider:
Baby Teeth – Dental sealants are occasionally applied to baby teeth before the age of six, if the teeth have deep grooves or if the child is especially prone to dental cavities.
Kids & Teens – Once the six-year molars have erupted, we recommend that kids receive dental sealants. This is because the ages of 6-16 are the most cavity-prone ages.
Adult Teeth – Adults who have deep grooves or depressions in the teeth may benefit from dental sealants. This is because the sealant can protect these areas and create a smoother area to brush more easily.
Dental sealants are easily applied in our office, either by Dr. Eleonora Balota or one of our skilled dental hygienists. First, the teeth are thoroughly cleaned and a solution is applied to the teeth to help the sealant bond with the enamel. Next, the liquid sealant material is applied to the surfaces of the teeth and a special light is used to harden the material.
Once you’ve received dental sealants, you will care for them in the same way you always have. Practice good oral hygiene techniques and visit Balota Family Dentistry at least every six months for a dental cleaning and exam.