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Tooth decay is a common oral health problem, especially for kids and teens. When food particles and bacteria are left in the small crevices of the teeth, they can cause cavities in the enamel and dentin. Brushing and flossing are the best defense against cavities, but the back molars can be difficult to keep clean. One general dentistry option for extra protection against cavities is using a dental sealant on back molars. At Liberty Lake Smile Source, we offer dental sealants for cavity prevention at our dental center in Spokane Valley, WA.

What Are Dental Sealants?

The back molars are at a higher risk for tooth decay. The larger back teeth have plenty of nooks and crannies that can hide food debris, sugar and bacteria, and it is more difficult to clean the back areas of the mouth. Dental sealants are a thin film of plastic that is applied to the back molars to cover the surface. The sealant fills in the small crevices and puts a layer of plastic between bacteria/food and the tooth enamel. This reduces the chance of cavities, preventing damage to the teeth and the need for fillings or other dental treatments.

Dental sealants are typically used on permanent molars with kids and teens from age 6 and up. However, dental sealants can be used on baby teeth to help prevent cavities or for adults prone to tooth decay. The treatment is quick and cost-effective. A liquid plastic is painted onto the molar surfaces after the teeth are cleaned, and it is allowed to dry and harden on the teeth. The procedure can be performed right after a dental cleaning during a checkup – it only takes a few minutes to complete. The sealant lasts for several years, slowly wearing away. It is safely ingested, and the sealant can be replaced once it completely wears away.

If you or your child is susceptible to cavities and tooth decay, dental sealants are an affordable and effective option to add extra protection to your teeth. To learn more about teeth sealing for kids and adults, ask about this procedure at your next checkup. Contact us at Liberty Lake Smile Source to schedule your appointment.

Smiles Worth Raving About

Logan LankfordLogan Lankford
03:30 06 Dec 23
Great location, great people, and all around a great dentist. I recently transferred to their office due to location, and I’m very impressed with everything they have to offer. From the receptionist, to the hygienist, and the dentist are all super friendly and very professional.
Jason AdamsJason Adams
07:13 05 Dec 23
I absolutely love the team at Liberty Lake Smile Source.I've been seeing Dr. Tim Casey for over 5 years and you won't find someone who is more attentive, caring and professional. We only see each other a couple times a year and he always checks in on how my family and I are doing.All of the staff are top-notch and I would 100% recommend this team to anyone who asks.
Kennedy JuchauKennedy Juchau
02:45 02 Dec 23
I have had great experiences every time I go in. They are friendly and thorough every time. They are always very confident in their diagnosis and are always willing to answer any questions I have.
Randy BolingerRandy Bolinger
18:46 01 Dec 23
Always a great visit. Very professional and friendly!
Darius TerryDarius Terry
20:41 23 Nov 23
It's always amazing, front desk is amazing, very good customer service !! And the doctors and all , always are there for me, always there for a patient so with all that being said, you got are indeed my favorite place , and favorite people! I want to say thanks for all your guys help etc..-Darius Terry (:
Kelsea HopkinsKelsea Hopkins
04:30 16 Nov 23
From start to finish, a great experience.Patty had a warm and welcoming smile to get me checked in (and out). I met with Heather (with a little help from Elizabeth) who were fantastic at explaining the whole process and making sure to breakdown jargon and let me know the findings of my cleaning. I got to watch some silly and funny animal tv on the ceiling which had some great ways to make me smile during the visit. They took great X-rays and pictures of my teeth to ensure all aspects of my dental care were considered. Dr. Macall was personable while also professional and informative. Would 10/10 recommend the entire process with this group. Thank you for your great care and even though it’s the dentist office, I look forward to returning.
Paula KrantPaula Krant
01:40 27 Oct 23
Was a great experience. The technician was very pleasant. She was attentive to me and my questions. Gentle and considerate. Dentist was great. Felt he was professional and explained things well. No pressure on what needed to be done or how soon. Office personal were very pleasant and attentive. Explained the treatment plan and insurance coverage and what my costs would be. It was a very pleasant and comfortable visit. I would recommend this office to others.
Barbara ChimentiBarbara Chimenti
01:39 11 Oct 23
The staff was very friendly. Office clean and welcoming. Hygienist was extremely knowledgeable and gentle. Dr Casey explained all scenarios to me and what work was needed first. I liked the efficiency of all his staff and I think it was my best experience with any dentist.
Real Ron SwansonReal Ron Swanson
20:12 28 Sep 23
Recently moved here from Chicago, and a family member recommended Liberty Lake Smile. It took a brief and easy website visit and a follow-up call from them, and I had an appointment right away! I was impressed at how nice and professional the entire staff was, and it was apparent they really did care, and know their business! I was surprised at how thorough my initial visit and assessment actually was. Ann, the Hygienist and Dr. Casey demonstrated their competence, experience and professionalism, and left me with a feeling of confidence that they would provide excellent care! Moreover, they came up with a detailed plan to map out the course of action. I would happily recommend Liberty Lake Smile for your dental needs.