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Sealants

Board Certified Pediatric Dentist located in Bellevue/ West Nashville, Nashville, TN

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Sealants services offered in Bellevue/ West Nashville, Nashville, TN

If your child or teenager regularly experiences cavities, consider dental sealants. Sealants can reduce the risk of tooth decay, ensuring your child’s smile stays healthy. At Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry, board-certified pediatric dentist Priya Purohit, DDS, MSD, uses BPA-free sealants to protect tooth enamel and prevent cavities. To make an appointment for your child, call the office in Nashville, Tennessee, or book online today.

Sealants Q & A

What are sealants?

Sealants are thin plastic coatings that Dr. Purohit applies to the tops and sides of your child’s teeth. Once placed, the sealants dry, quickly bonding to the grooves, pits, and indentations of your child’s tooth enamel. 

Sealants form a protective barrier, preventing harmful bacteria, plaque, and food particles from causing damage. Though they won’t last forever, sealants can help your child reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

 

Who should get sealants?

At Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Purohit recommends that all children and teens get dental sealants. That’s especially true if your child is 6-14 when cavities are most common. 

After a review of your child’s dental records, an oral exam, and a series of digital X-rays, Dr. Purohit can determine if your child’s a candidate.

 

What is the process for getting dental sealants?

At Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry, getting dental sealants takes a single visit.

First, Dr. Purohit professionally cleans your child’s teeth. Then, she dries each tooth and places cotton or another absorbent material around them to prevent saliva from building up.

Next, Dr. Purohit applies an acidic solution to your child’s teeth. The solution roughens their surfaces, helping the sealant stick. Dr. Purohit rinses your child’s teeth one more time and carefully applies the sealants with a paintbrush.

After applying the sealants, Dr. Purohit points a special light at your child’s teeth. The light causes the sealants to cure and dry.

 

How long do sealants last?

Dental sealants last an average of 10 years*, but they’re susceptible to wear-and-tear damage. As a result, your child must practice good oral hygiene. Dr. Purohit recommends that children with sealants:

  • Brush their teeth twice daily
  • Floss regularly
  • Visit Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry every six months for professional teeth cleaning
  • Wear mouth guards when playing sports to prevent damage

Every time your child visits the office for a checkup, Dr. Purohit examines their sealants for chipping or cracking. If necessary, she can reapply them to prevent further damage.

To see if your child is a candidate for dental sealants, make an appointment at Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry by calling the office or booking online today.

*Individual results may vary.

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