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If you are looking for a great way to help prevent decay in your teeth or your child’s teeth, ask our dentistss about dental sealants in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina.

What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to help thwart tooth decay.

Why are dental sealants used?
The molars and premolars have grooves or crevices that can be very difficult to clean, even with proper brushing. Plaque and food particles can become lodged in these grooves, which can cause decay. Dental sealants are placed to block food particles and plaque out of the crevices of the molars and premolars.

Who can have dental sealants placed?
Children usually have dental sealants placed as their molars and premolars grow in. This typically occurs when a child is 11 to 13 years old. However, adults can have dental sealants placed on the chewing surfaces of back teeth that do not have dental fillings or tooth decay.

How are sealants placed?
Before placing dental sealants, Drs. McConnell and Woolf will thoroughly clean the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Then the teeth are etched to allow for the sealant to successfully attach to the teeth. The sealant is then applied onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, where it hardens in place.

Feel free to contact Langworthy Family Dentistry at 919-762-3239 today to learn more and to book your next visit. We look forward to seeing you!