Treatments for Your Smile: Dental Sealants

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Are you aware of the benefits of restorations and protective treatments such as dental sealants? If you don’t know what a dental sealant is, it is a thin coating that is painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to help protect the tooth enamel from harmful acids and other forms of dental erosion. Dental sealants are typically applied to the premolars and molars to prevent tooth decay.

It has been proven that children with dental sealants in place are three times less likely to suffer from cavities. Sealants are safe for children as soon as their first molars begin to rise above the gum line. This typically occurs around the age of 6. Because they are durable, dental sealants can often provide up to a decade of support before they may need to be repaired or replaced.

Studies have found that dental sealants are extremely effective for enamel protection as they can resist acids that would otherwise chew through tooth enamel. According to several studies, the risk for tooth decay will be lowered by as much as 80 percent with a single application of dental sealants in place.

If you are in need of a dental sealant application from our team at Bray Dental at our dentist office in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, please contact us at 218-681-3233 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bryce Bray.