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Avoid cavities with dental sealants in Garland, TX

Dental Sealants from dentist in Garland During a professional dental cleaning, your hygienist removes food particles, plaque, and bacteria from hidden crevices in your mouth. However, most people only have hygiene appointments a few times each year. Between visits, your proficiency and consistency in brushing and flossing is vital to keeping your mouth free of cavities. Dental sealants from Dr. Sakunthala Boppana in Garland, TX provide even more protection against tooth decay.

How dental sealants work

Chewing surfaces of molars have contours that allow upper and lower teeth to fit together, and to grind food for digestion. The enamel that covers those contours looks smooth, but it has microscopic pits and grooves. These characteristics create an ideal environment for tooth decay. Bits of food get trapped in nooks that are difficult to keep clean with brushing and flossing. Harmful oral bacteria thrive on starches and sugars, producing acids that make holes in tooth enamel.

Dental sealant is a special liquid plastic. A thin coating is painted onto molars and premolars, where it flows into pits and fissures before drying quickly. The procedure is painless and takes only a few minutes. Sealant forms an invisible, protective coating that reduces risk of cavities by about 80 percent.
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Tooth sealants for adults

The earlier sealant treatment is started, the less chance your child will develop a molar cavity. Dr. Boppana recommends treating permanent molars as soon as they emerge, usually beginning at about age six.

However, adults benefit from dental sealants, too. This is especially important for individuals who have elevated risk of tooth decay from:
  • Chronic dry mouth.
  • Family or personal history of tooth decay.
  • Certain medical conditions, medications, or therapies.

Tooth sealant cost

The price of sealant varies depending on the number of teeth treated. However, it is quite economical, and lasts for several years. The cost of a single filling can easily exceed the expense of prevention.

Some insurance plans cover dental sealants. Call our helpful front desk staff at (469) 804-5677 for assistance with a coverage estimate, or to schedule a hygiene appointment. Perfect 32 in Garland, TX cares about your smile!

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