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Dental Sealants

By age 19, tooth decay affects nearly 70 percent of America's children, according to the Centers for   Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Left untreated, tooth decay, also known as cavities, may result  in pain and infection.

Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are a plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often.

Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, but toothbrush bristles cannot reach into the depressions and grooves to remove food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by "sealing out" plaque and food.

Dr. Lee and Dr. Jaime can quickly and easily apply dental sealants. The sealant is painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. This plastic resin flows into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth and acts as a barrier to protect the enamel from plaque and acids.  As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay.  During your regular dental visits, we will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary.

The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life, so children and teenagers are obvious candidates.  Drs. Lee and Jaime will perform a thorough exam and determine if your child is a candidate for dental sealants. 

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