Dental Sealants

What are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a preventive treatment used to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of cavities and decay. Our dentists at Valley Grace Dental generally provide dental sealants to children as soon as their permanent back molars erupt. Call 661-587-7002 for more information about dental sealants in Bakersfield, California, and to set up your appointment with our dental team.

A sealant is a preventive dental treatment that our dentist may recommend to protect your teeth from decay. A dental sealant is made of a clear or tooth-colored resin material, which is painted onto the chewing surface of the tooth. By blocking out the bacteria and food debris that lead to tooth decay, the sealant prevents decay and cavities. The dental sealant forms a smooth surface over the natural pits and grooves of the tooth surface, which also makes it easier to effectively clean your teeth with normal brushing.

Benefits of Dental Sealants

  • Extremely cost-effective means of preventing cavities and other dental problems.
  • Getting dental sealants can save you from much higher expenses in the future.
  • Extremely swift procedure that concludes within a few minutes.
  • Maintain optimal oral health.
  • Preserve your original and natural teeth surface.
  • No pain or discomfort.
  • Last for several years.

Who Needs Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are most often recommended for children; our dentist frequently recommends sealants for the permanent molars as soon as they come in, which is usually between the ages of 6 and 12 years. We may also recommend dental sealants for adult patients whose teeth are prone to decay or for teeth that have not been restored or suffered from decay in the past.

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Maintaining Optimal Oral Health

Sealants minimize the risk of bacterial decay and cavities, but they don’t eliminate the need for regular teeth cleaning and optimal oral hygiene. You must continue observing optimal oral health habits and go for regular teeth cleaning sessions.

The following are tips on maintaining optimal oral health:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day.
  • Replace your toothbrush once every three to four months.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day.
  • Rinse your mouth regularly with an antibacterial wash.
  • Minimize the consumption of sweets and fizzy drinks.
  • Go for dental checkups and teeth cleanings once every six months.

“My husband and I went last week for the first time and were very comfortable with the experience. We didn't have to wait to be seen, they got us in right away which is usually not the norm with my past dental experiences.”

Dental Sealants Procedure Details

At Valley Grace Dental, we apply dental sealants in just one short, comfortable visit to our practice. The entire process, from start to finish, only takes a few minutes. We thoroughly clean the teeth and let them dry, before applying a special solution over the enamel to strengthen the teeth’s bonding capability. After applying the bonding agent, we carefully pain the clear or tooth-colored sealant material over the enamel to cover the ridges, grooves, and depressions. Most sealant materials harden immediately, but, in some cases, we may use a special light to harden the material. After applying the dental sealants, we remind your children to maintain optimal oral health and you can then resume your daily activities.

Dental Sealants at Valley Grace Dental

Sealants can be a powerful tool in preventing decay and keeping your smile healthy. To learn more about dental sealants and how we can keep your smile in good health, we welcome you to call or visit our office today.