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Dental sealants are a great way to help prevent cavities in molars, especially for younger children who have a tendency to not be as on top of their oral health game as they should be.

But a common question asked by parents is whether or not sealants actually work, and whether they’re worth it. Our team here at Crossroads Dental in Chesapeake, Virginia put this piece together to help answer that question.

Do sealants work?

The short answer is yes. Sealants work by filling in the grooves – or fissures – in teeth to prevent them from forming cavities. These grooves have a tendency to gather a lot of plaque, and if they’re not regularly cleaned a cavity is almost a guarantee. Sealants help eliminate that possibility.

Are they worth it?

Your dentist here at Crossroads Dental recommends that you bring your children in to see if they need sealants or not. Some children won’t have fissures deep enough on their molars to merit sealants, while others definitely will.

At the end of the day, it’s worth the few extra minutes to ask your dentist if your children need sealants. They can prevent cavities and lower your child’s dental bill – which is always a good thing!

For more information, please contact us today at 757-541-2168.