The Dental Sealant Program helps
kids have healthy teeth. The free program is in some Texas schools for students
who qualify. See if your school is part of the program. See if your child
What is Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay, also known as cavities,
are holes that form in teeth. Teeth have many small gaps called pits and
fissures. That is where germs and food can hide, and it's where most tooth
decay starts. Teeth need protection from tooth decay.
There are lots of ways to keep your
teeth healthy: eat healthy food; use fluoride in water, toothpaste, and mouth
rinse; brush and floss every day; and visit your dentist regularly. Sometimes
tooth decay still happens.
What are Dental Sealants?
To protect the tops of the teeth, ask your dentist about dental sealants. Dental
sealants are thin, plastic coatings
that are painted on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. They keep germs out of the teeth. Dental sealants can help
prevent tooth decay or the need for
Sealants work and are easy to
apply. There are no drills or needles used.
- A dentist
or dental hygienist cleans your child's teeth before applying the sealant.
- A special cleansing liquid is gently applied on the teeth and is washed off in one minute.
- The sealant is
the teeth, and bonded to teeth with a special light. It takes about one minute for the sealant to form a protective shield.