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Does food get caught frequently in your child’s back molars? Do you find it hard to get those teeth clean? Our teeth have natural pits and ridges that can enable us to chew our food. If these pits or grooves are deep, however, food and bacteria can accumulate in them and dental decay could potentially begin. To help prevent this, we proudly offer dental sealants to our patients of all ages.

Dental sealants are a thin protective layer of plastic that may be applied to the chewing surfaces of your molars or premolars. These sealants can be white or clear so they might not be visible, and can be put on as soon as the teeth have fully erupted from the gumline. They can cover the grooves to provide the tooth with a smooth surface, which could make those teeth easier for you and your child to clean.

While dental sealants might be commonly placed on children between the ages of 6 and 12, they may also be recommended for adults who could be prone to tooth decay. This preventative measure can be applied in just one visit. But you should remember that while the sealant can protect this portion of your smile for many years, the rest of your tooth — and your other teeth — can still fall victim to dental decay.

If you want to have more information about dental sealants in Hampton, Virginia, or want to schedule a consultation with Dr. Irina Novak, please call us at 757-722-5316 today. At Mellen Dental, your smile’s health is our top priority.