Give your teeth an invisible layer of protection from the dangers of plaque. Dental sealants are a great way to prevent bacteria and food from getting trapped in the uneven surfaces of your teeth. Ask our dentist about dental sealants for you and your children.
At Walter Guillot, DMD, we understand that everyone needs a little help keeping their teeth healthy. While good oral hygiene can prevent cavities in most cases, your molars and premolars have a higher risk of tooth decay. That’s why we offer dental sealants.
Your molars and premolars have grooves and depressions in their chewing surfaces which can be difficult to clean with regular brushing alone. Food particles and bacteria can get trapped in these back teeth. Over time, the buildup of food and bacteria can lead to decay. To defend against cavities in these hard-to-reach places, we may recommend you receive dental sealants.
Dental sealants are a thin protective coating painted onto the surface of your teeth. The sealant quickly bonds to your teeth, filling in any grooves and depressions and forming a shield over your enamel. Since children are more prone to cavities, they are the best candidates for this treatment. As soon as your child’s permanent molars and premolars erupt, talk to our dentist about dental sealants to keep their teeth healthy and cavity-free.
To apply a sealant, we’ll first thoroughly clean your teeth to remove any harmful bacteria. Your teeth are dried, and an acid solution is used to roughen up the surface of your teeth. This solution helps the sealant bond firmly to your enamel. The sealant is then applied to the prepared teeth and allowed to dry and harden. Food and bacteria will be sealed out by this hard shell, preventing decay and cavities. As soon as the sealant hardens, you’re ready to go. Sealants are quick, painless and can be easily applied in just one visit!
With good oral hygiene, sealants can protect your teeth for up to ten years. You will need to go to regular checkups with our dentist to make sure your sealants haven’t experienced any chipping or wearing. Sealants can also be easily replaced as necessary.
While sealants are generally recommended for children, adults can benefit from this treatment, as well. If you have no previous decay or fillings in your back teeth, talk to Dr. Guillot about dental sealants.
Many insurance companies cover sealants for patients under the age of 18. Check with your insurance carrier to determine if dental sealants are covered.
For dental sealants in Gulfport, you’ve come to the right place! Help protect your smile by calling Walter Guillot today at (228) 896-0011 to make an appointment. We also have family-friendly scheduling for you and your children.