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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. Stan Scalf about dental sealants in Georgetown, Kentucky.

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 teens 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 decay or dental fillings 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 appointments. The dental sealants will be examined for chipping and wear, and can be replaced if needed.

Please call our office today to learn more about how dental sealants can help your smile and to schedule a visit.