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You probably agree that the best way to treat a dental health problem is to prevent it. One of the most common dental health issues children (and adults, for that matter) face is tooth decay. Cavities can form at any time and essentially anywhere on a tooth. Dental sealants work to prevent cavity formation in the most susceptible areas of teeth.

Dental sealants are coatings of plastic, typically applied to the chewing surfaces of children’s teeth. By forming a protective layer on top of teeth’s enamel, the sealant prevents cavities from forming in the harder-to-brush areas of molars. The teeth of children and adolescents are especially important to protect, because they are often especially prone to cavities, and permanent teeth need to last their whole lives.

The process of applying sealants is not only quite simple, it is non-invasive and painless. It is simply brushed on by Dr. Neal Smith. Normal eating can quickly follow. It is usually best to wait until a child’s permanent teeth have grown in before applying sealants, but our dentist will provide specific recommendations for your child. Sealants can last for several years, but can easily be reapplied if they become worn.

If you would like to further protect your child’s teeth from cavities and decay, please call Central Washington Pediatric Dentistry in Yakima, WA, to schedule your appointment. Prevention is always the best treatment.