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Dental caries (decay) is the most widespread dental disease among children. No matter how well or how often a child brushes, some grooves on the teeth can be too small for even a single toothbrush bristle to reach. As a preventative measure, our dentists may recommend flowing a sealant material into these grooves to help reduce the incidence of decay. Tooth Sealants are quick to apply, painless, and one of the best investments a parent can make for the long-term dental health of their child.

A tooth sealant is essentially a flowable resin material which settles into the tiny fissures and pits of a tooth, where cavities frequently arise. After the tooth is polished thoroughly, and the surface etched with a mild solution for adherence purposes, the sealant material is allowed to flow into the grooves of the tooth. The material is then light-cured until it becomes solid.

Althoughtooth sealants are incredibly durable, occasionally they must be reapplied. It is important for a child to avoid hard and sticky foods, and maintain regular checkups so the dental team can properly evaluate the status of your child’s sealants.

Drs. Limbaugh and Stephenson are dentists providing dental procedures such as cleanings, fillings, crowns, teeth whitening, dental implants, and porcelain veneers in Huntsville.
Dr. Limbaugh and Dr. Stephenson are licensed as general dentists in the State of Alabama.