Your oral health may require more than just restorations and repairs. In order to give your smile the best chance for success, it is important to establish protective and preventive plans before any damage has occurred. This is often easier said than done, as oral damage can often be caused in several different ways. However, if you would like to protect against tooth decay, dental sealants have been shown to be highly effective.
According to several studies, a single dental sealant can help lower your risk of tooth decay in a tooth by as much as 80%. This is because dental sealants are painted directly onto the chewing surfaces of teeth to help lower your risk of dental erosion. They are usually used on the back teeth such as the premolars and molars, as they are often the most difficult to brush.
Dental sealants have proven to be highly effective and safe to use for children as well. Children typically have their molars grow in when they are around the age of 6. When a child’s first molar erupts above the gum line, dental sealants can be placed. Studies done by the CDC have shown that children with dental sealants in place are three times less likely to develop cavities on protected teeth.
To protect your smile with dental sealants, you are welcome to schedule a visit with our dentist in Carson City, Nevada. If you would like Dr. Larry Leonakis and our team at G. Larry Leonakis DDS Inc. to bring you in for sealant application, please call our dentist office at 775-882-0635.