What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, mainly the premolars and molars. These teeth have grooves and fissures that can easily trap food particles and bacteria, making them more susceptible to decay. Sealants act as a barrier, preventing plaque and acids from damaging the enamel and causing cavities.

Who Can Benefit from Sealants?

Sealants are especially beneficial for children and teenagers, as their newly erupted permanent teeth are more susceptible to decay. However, adults can also benefit from sealants, especially if they have deep grooves and fissures on their teeth or a history of cavities. Your dentist at Lakeshore Family Dentistry will evaluate your specific dental needs and recommend sealants if necessary.

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Benefits of Sealants

Sealants offer several advantages for patients of all ages. Here are some key benefits of getting dental sealants at Lakeshore Family Dentistry:

Prevention of Tooth Decay: Sealants provide an extra layer of protection against cavities, reducing the risk of tooth decay.

Long-lasting: With proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, sealants can last for many years, offering ongoing protection.

Cost-effective: Compared to the cost of treating cavities, dental sealants are an affordable preventive measure that can save you money in the long run

Painless and Non-invasive: Getting sealants is a painless procedure that doesn't require any drilling or removal of tooth structure.

Maintaining Sealants

To ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your dental sealants, it's important to maintain good oral hygiene practices. Here are some tips to keep your sealants in great condition:


Continue to brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste.


Regular flossing helps remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth and along the gumline.

Regular Dental Check-ups:

Visit Lakeshore Family Dentistry for regular check-ups and professional cleanings to monitor the condition of your sealants.

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The Procedure

Getting dental sealants is a painless and quick procedure that can be done in just one visit to our dental clinic. Here's what you can expect during the process:

  1. Cleaning: Before applying the sealant, your dentist will thoroughly clean and dry the teeth to ensure proper adhesion.
  2. Etching: A special solution is applied to the tooth surface to create a rough texture, allowing the sealant to bond effectively.
  3. Application: The sealant material is carefully painted onto the tooth, covering the grooves and fissures.
  4. Curing: A curing light is used to harden the sealant and ensure its longevity.

Sealants at Lakeshore Family Dentistry

At Lakeshore Family Dentistry, we prioritize your oral health and believe in the power of preventive dentistry. Dental sealants are a valuable tool in preventing tooth decay and maintaining a healthy smile. If you have any questions about sealants or would like to schedule an appointment, contact our office in White Bear Lake, MN. Our friendly team is here to help you achieve optimal dental health for a lifetime.

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