The Dental Center of South Bend
1005 East LaSalle Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617

Dental Sealants – A Child’s Effective Protective Defense Against Decay


Discover how effective dental sealants can be in protecting your child from cavities.

Demonstrating the Defense of Dental Sealants

According to family dentistry experts, dental sealants are highly effective in protecting a child’s teeth from cavities. A research study of more than 15 years showed that these tooth sealants provided children 100 percent protection from decay and were an important component of good oral care. Plus, studies clearly demonstrated the effectiveness of dental sealants against tooth decay, regardless of whether children had the additional cavity protection of fluoridated water or not.

All Types of Tooth Sealants are Effective

There are three types of dental sealants available from practically every affordable dentist in South Bend. The sealants are classified by the way they are hardened, which can be self-cured, ultraviolet light-cured, and visible light-cured. Research has shown that self-cured tooth sealants are slightly more effective than ultraviolet light-cured sealants. While the increased effectiveness of self-cured sealants has been shown over a two-year span, additional family dentistry research is needed to establish any long-term difference in efficacy.

Proper Care and Repair Maintains Effectiveness

While dental sealants can last up to 10 years, they can sometimes be cracked or chipped, which can restore the risk of cavities. Luckily, tooth sealants can be easily repaired or replaced for a very low cost at your family dentistry clinic. And by having an affordable dentist in South Bend fix faulty dental sealants as soon as they require repair, their effectiveness can be fully restored to continue their cavity protection.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in South Bend, call The Dental Center of South Bend today at (574) 367-7000 or make an appointment.

The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in South Bend. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of South Bend, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at The Dental Center of South Bend.

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Patient Reviews
Service is efficient and everyone is friendly.
Christine B.
I have been going to the Dental Center for years. I love that they hygientist are all friendly and quick. At my last appointment I had to bring my son who has special needs. The hygientist, Terry, […]
Dawn V.
Very efficient. Friendly and everything is explained thoroughly .
Rachel M.
Great service
Patricia W.
I have come to you for years and am very happy with the service
Kathleen V.
The professionalism and courtesy of the people I met there. The rooms were set out in a useful and comfortable way and the people not only know their job, but they value the customers.
Marianne H.
Good service
Dorinda B.
My dental hygienist is excellent.
Darlene J.
Quick in and out. Polite staff and dentist.
Lynnda M.
Dr. Stakem is very kind. I have had a lot of work done lately and it has been quick and painless.
Tracey K.
Very professional staff.
George O.
Dr Carrol was the best oral surgeon i have ever seen. I asked him to be gentle when giving the numbing shot and was very gentle when extracting the tooth. I have had little to no pain afterwards. No […]
Isreal D.
Dr was amazing
Crystal Z.
They were amazing with my little man . They treat these children as best as can be . Love them
Debbie E.
The staff are consistently efficient, pleasant and professional.
Carol G.
I feel confident in the medical care I am receiving. Scheduling fits my schedule. And appointments are on time.
Robert W.
The service was excellent from the moment I walked in. The entire staff had a genuine, welcoming smile and seemed to care about every client. I have rarely seen such authentic friendliness and caring […]
Lori H.
Today my son had unexpected extraction’s, due to infection. Dr. Jess, and another woman I can’t remember her name, dark hair, made a super traumatic event so much easier. My son was Waylon, and I […]
Brittany T.
Having a filling replaced is a painful process (for me) and they took the time to mitigate the pain and tried to make me as comfortable as possible. I know this take extra time but I appreciate it.
Robert W.
Friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable
Serica E.
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We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (574) 367-7000
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