Dental Sealants in Virginia

Setting the Stage for Lifelong Dental Health with Sealants

Maintaining good oral health early is necessary  for a child’s overall well-being. At The Foleck Center, we prioritize preventive dental care to help young patients establish strong, healthy smiles that last a lifetime. One of the most effective treatments we offer is dental sealants – a simple, painless procedure that provides long-lasting protection against cavities and decay. Placing sealants on the deep grooves of a child’s back teeth creates a barrier to prevent food particles and bacteria from becoming trapped and causing damage over time. 

What is Preventive Dentistry?

Preventive dentistry focuses on maintaining optimal oral health and preventing dental problems before they occur. It encompasses a range of practices, including regular dental check-ups, cleanings, fluoride treatments, and protective measures like dental sealants. By taking a proactive approach, preventive dentistry helps minimize the risk of cavities, gum disease, and other dental issues, ultimately reducing the need for more extensive and costly treatments in the future.

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What are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars). These surfaces have deep grooves and pits that are particularly susceptible to trapping food particles and bacteria, making them prime areas for cavities to develop. Sealants act as a physical barrier, sealing off these vulnerable areas and protecting the tooth enamel from decay-causing acids and bacteria.

At The Foleck Center in the Virginia Bay area, Dr. Foleck and his team use state-of-the-art dental sealants that are safe, effective, and long-lasting. The application process is simple and painless. First, the tooth surface is cleaned and prepared. Then, the sealant material is carefully applied and hardened using a special curing light. The process takes just a few minutes per tooth and can provide years of protection against cavities.

Benefits of Dental Sealants 

Dental sealants offer numerous benefits for protecting your child’s oral health. The most obvious advantage is their ability to prevent up to 80% of cavities in the back teeth, where most decay occurs in children. Sealants create a smooth surface over the natural grooves and pits, eliminating areas where food and bacteria can get trapped and cause damage over time. This preventive treatment allows you to take a proactive approach to cavity prevention, rather than waiting for issues to develop.

In addition to their cavity-fighting power, dental sealants are an easy, painless, and affordable solution compared to the cost and discomfort of getting a filling. The application process is quick, requiring no drilling or anesthesia. Sealants are also durable, with the potential to last up to 10 years with proper care before needing to be reapplied. Overall, they provide excellent protection for your child’s vulnerable teeth during the cavity-prone years.

If you would like to come into our office for sealants or want to know more about this procedure, call us today and we will help answer all of your questions.

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Who’s a Candidate for Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are most commonly recommended for children once their permanent molars have erupted, around ages 6-7 for the first molars and 11-13 for the second molars. However, adults with deep grooves or pits in their teeth can also benefit from sealants if they are prone to cavities. Candidates should have good oral health overall, with no existing decay in the areas being sealed.

At The Foleck Center, Dr. Foleck will examine your child’s teeth and provide a recommendation on whether sealants are advisable based on their unique dental anatomy and cavity risk factors. Sealants may not be suitable for those with significant orthodontic work or pre-existing fillings on the same teeth. An evaluation is required to determine if sealants are the right preventive solution.

Dental Sealants Process

Applying dental sealants is a simple, painless process that only takes a few minutes per tooth. First, the tooth is cleaned and dried. An acidic gel solution is applied briefly to help the sealant adhere to the tooth. After rinsing off the gel, the tooth is dried again completely.

Next, the liquid sealant material is painted directly onto the chewing surface in a thin layer. A special curing light is used to harden the sealant, creating a protective seal. Once set, the sealant forms a smooth covering over the natural grooves and pits, shielding those areas from food and bacteria.

Your child can eat and drink normally right after getting sealants. The hardened plastic resin material is completely comfortable in the mouth. No anesthesia or drilling is required during this preventive treatment.

After Care Tips

While sealants act as a strong barrier against cavities, it’s still important to maintain good oral hygiene habits like brushing twice daily and flossing. Sealants only protect the chewing surfaces – the sides of teeth remain vulnerable to decay.

During routine dental visits at The Foleck Center, Dr. Foleck will check the integrity of existing sealants. Over time, they can become worn or develop chips or cracks, which may allow bacteria to penetrate. In these cases, the sealant can simply be reapplied to restore optimal protection.


Avoiding sticky, chewy foods that could potentially dislodge a sealant is also advisable. If you notice that a sealant has come off or is damaged, contact our office right away to have it repaired or replaced promptly. With proper care, sealants provide long-lasting defense against cavities for your child’s developing teeth.

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Make the wise choice to protect your child’s smile with dental sealants at The Foleck Center’s convenient locations in Hampton, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach, VA. Under Dr. Adam Foleck’s expert care, these thin coatings act as shields against tooth decay, giving your child’s oral health a defensive boost. Don’t delay – contact us today to secure your child’s path to a lifetime of happy, healthy grins.