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Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants in Leesburg

At Leesburg Family Smiles, we believe that when caring for our youngest patients, we set the foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth. Unfortunately, children are often more susceptible to cavities.

This is in part due to the fact that they are learning how to brush and care for their teeth. Additionally, the enamel on children’s baby (primary) teeth is softer than the enamel on permanent teeth. While your children are here, we may recommend sealants for either primary or permanent molars which are most prone to cavities. These teeth have deep grooves and fissures where food often gets trapped, and bacteria can grow. Sealants will smooth out these areas and make them easier to clean. Sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of tooth decay by almost 80% in molars! Best of all, they are easy and painless to apply and can often be done at the same time as a regular checkup.

The process of applying a sealant begins with cleaning and drying the tooth. We will then place an acidic gel on the tooth to roughen the surface so a strong bond will form with the sealant. After a few seconds, we will rinse off the gel and dry your tooth before applying the sealant on the grooves of the tooth. Finally, we will use a special blue light to harden the sealant.

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