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Did your child just get their first permanent back molars? Are your children’s teeth genetically more susceptible to decay? Dental sealants are the perfect treatment. Here are the basics:

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are like invisible armor for your child’s teeth. They are clear, protective layers that cling to the grinding surfaces of their molars, keeping crumbs, acid and bacteria from penetrating their natural tooth enamel.

How effective are they?

Dental sealants decrease the danger of molar decay by almost 80%. This is especially true for children. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control released a report stating that “school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.”

What is the procedure for getting dental sealants?

First, we will clean and dry your or your child’s teeth. Then Dr. [dentist_name] will smear on an acidic gel, which coarsens the teeth so that the sealant will adhere more successfully. Shortly thereafter, Dr. [dentist_name] will apply the sealant on the chewing surfaces of the molars. Then he will use a special blue light to reinforce the power of the sealant.

Have you decided to invest in dental sealants for your child? Or perhaps you have more questions. Call us at Brent J Porter DDS in Santa Cruz, California at 831-459-9802. We’ll be your knights of the round table for your children’s teeth.