Reduce The Risk of Cavities by 80%
The extra layer of protection your child's teeth needs.
Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities. But, your child may struggle to reach their back teeth and clean them properly.
Our back teeth, otherwise known as molars, are hard to keep clean because they’re:
Dr. Bruno da Costa and our team at Harmony Dental use sealants to stop the early stages of decay by providing a protective layer on your child’s back teeth. In turn, it protects your child’s smile for years to come.
More Than Just Preventing Cavities
Learn how sealants help your child.
Eliminate your child’s need for expensive dental fillings or crowns caused by cavities with dental sealants.
- Doris, 5-Star Google Review
FAQs About Sealants
- What are sealants?
Sealants keep teeth clean with their thin, protective coating made from plastic or other dental materials. Sealants work like an umbrella for your teeth, except instead of shielding you from rain – it protects teeth against food particles and cavity-causing bacteria.
Sealants are an excellent addition on top of brushing and flossing twice a day for great oral hygiene. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… This text opens a new tab … found that children without sealants have up to 3x more cavities than kids with sealants.
It’s an important preventative measure, usually best for children as soon as their first and second molars come in. The first molars typically appear around age 6, and the second ones usually around age 12.
- Do sealants hurt?
The dental sealants procedure is quick and pain-free. There’s no drilling or numbing required, and it will be done in just one appointment!
There are no restrictions with it either; your child can eat and drink immediately and even return to school right after!
Your hygienist may also share education or tips on how to improve your oral health.
This portion of your visit usually takes 30 to 45 minutes.
- What is the dental sealants procedure like?
The sealant procedure is straightforward and will be done in one appointment.
Generally, these are the steps Dr. da Costa will take:
- Step 1: He’ll clean the teeth with a polishing brush and dried from any saliva.
- Step 2: A solution will be applied to prep the tooth for the bonding between the tooth and sealant.
- Step 3: The gel is rinsed off, and the tooth is dried again.
- Step 4: A thin bonding layer is applied, and immediately after, the sealant is applied to the grooves of the tooth.
- Step 5: A special blue light will be used to harden the sealant.
And that’s it! Really!
- How long do sealants last? Sealants are a preventive procedure designed to protect your child’s teeth from anywhere between 2 to 5 years with proper dental care. It can even last up to 10 years with excellent oral hygiene!
At your child’s regular dental visit, Dr. Bruno da Costa will regularly check the sealants to make sure they’re not cracked or worn down. If they are, he’ll repair them right away.
- Are dental sealants for adults? Adults can sometimes benefit from sealants if applied to teeth that don’t have a cavity or filling already and if they’re at high risk for cavities. We highly advocate for maintaining proper oral wellness… Learn about oral wellness … and scheduling regular dental cleaning and exams… Learn about dental cleanings and exams… to keep your teeth cavity-free.
- What areas do you serve?
Our dental office is located in Beaverton, OR, and all our dental work is done under one roof.
We also happily welcome new patients from the neighboring communities of:
- Aloha, OR
- Cedar Hills, OR
- Raleigh Hills, OR
- Garden Home-Whitford, OR
- West Slope, OR
- Tigard, OR
- Portland, OR
- Lake Oswego, OR
- Sherwood, OR
- Tualatin, OR