Dental Sealants

To protect our young patients’ teeth from future decay, our dental office in Springfield, IL offers preventative dental sealants. The airtight seal serves as a barrier that keeps bacteria, plaque, and tartar out. We apply dental sealants to the chewing surfaces of kids’ back teeth, where decay is most likely to develop.

Why dental sealants for kids?

Children can keep their teeth reasonably clean with proper oral hygiene practices. It is easy to remove plaque and debris from smooth surfaces, but it is harder for kids to reach the deep grooves within back teeth. These areas are where bacteria like to hide. Dental sealants keep the bad stuff out of tooth surfaces for a healthier mouth.

Since most cavities in the back teeth develop early in life, young children are the ideal candidates for dental sealants. However, at Renken Dentistry in Springfield, sealants are also available to teenagers and adults who want to protect their teeth.

Dental Sealants Process

Dental sealants are easily painted onto tooth enamel, where the substance bonds to the surface and forms a hard shield. The plastic seal settles into all the pits and fissures, adding a smooth, protective coating to the back teeth. Damaging acids, bacteria, and plaque have no entryway while the sealant is intact. The barrier can handle a lot of force and will last for many years. During your child’s routine visits at Renken Dentistry in Springfield, we will monitor the condition of the dental sealants and reapply if necessary.

Importance of Oral Hygiene Practices

Keep in mind, even with dental sealant, it is important to maintain your good oral health by:

  • Brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day
  • Flossing once daily
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet and choosing snacks wisely
  • Visiting us at Renken Dentistry regularly

To get started with protecting your smile, book an appointment at our Springfield office for a dental sealant treatment today!