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Tooth decay is a legitimate concern for children and adults alike. Preventing cavities is always better than treating them. If you would like a little extra protection against cavities for yourself or your child, ask Dr. Kenneth Kirk about dental sealants in Spring, Texas.

Dental sealant is a thin coating of plastic material that is painted over the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant bonds into place, forming a protective shield. They prevent food particles and plaque from entering the crevices and grooves of the back teeth. This is very useful because even with thorough brushing and flossing, it is difficult to remove food and plaque from the depressions of the back teeth.

Who Should Get Dental Sealants?
Children and teenagers should have dental sealants placed as soon as their molars and premolars come in. This will help protect the teeth during the cavity-prone ages of 6 to 14. Adults can also have dental sealants placed if they do not have dental fillings or decay in their back teeth.

How Long Do They Last?
Dental sealants can last for up to 10 years, but they need to be checked by our dentist at your regular dental checkups. The sealants will be examined for wear and chipping and can be replaced if necessary.

To learn more about dental sealants and to schedule your next appointment, we invite you to contact Houston Cosmetic & Family Dental Associates today at 281-826-0025.