Dental Sealants – A Raincoat For Teeth

Dental sealants act as a protective barrier that covers the grooves and pits on chewing surfaces of back teeth. They keep bacteria and food particles out of the tooth crevices to prevent cavities from forming.

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The process of applying sealants is quick and painless. Our dentists will start by cleaning and drying the tooth that will be treated. Then, an acid solution is painted on the tooth surface to roughen up the enamel.

Prevents Cavities

Dental sealants act like raincoats for teeth, shielding the chewing surfaces of back teeth from plaque and bacteria. Children who receive sealants on their permanent molars reduce their risk of tooth decay by 80%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These preventive treatments help kids avoid future fillings and crowns, saving time, money, and pain.

Your dentist will clean and dry the surface of each tooth before applying an acidic gel that roughens the enamel. After this, the tooth is rinsed and dried again before applying the sealant to the grooves. A special light is used to harden the plastic coating.

Although sealants are great preventive measures, they are not a substitute for daily brushing and flossing. Make sure to follow good oral hygiene habits and visit your dentist for regular checkups every six months.

Prevents Erosion

Dental sealants are thin coatings that protect the chewing surfaces of back teeth. They are made of a resin similar to that used in fillings, but it is lighter and thinner so that it can adhere to the tooth’s surface without interfering with chewing or talking.

Children are especially susceptible to tooth decay as their permanent molars develop, due to the deep pits and grooves on their chewing surfaces. These are difficult to clean with regular brushing, and may lead to cavities if not protected.

Dental sealants help prevent erosion by covering these deep pits and grooves, protecting them from food debris and bacteria that can cause tooth decay. It’s important to have these sealed as soon as your child’s permanent molars come in, or even before, to protect them from future tooth decay.

Prevents Tooth Pain

When your child’s permanent molars and pre-molars come in, they have a lot of nooks and crannies where plaque can collect. It’s challenging for toothbrush bristles to get into these deep grooves on the chewing surfaces of these teeth. This is one of the main causes of tooth decay in children. Sealants keep food debris and bacteria away from these grooves and depressions, protecting your children’s teeth from cavities.

The procedure to apply sealants is simple and painless. Your dentist will first thoroughly clean the chewing surface of each tooth and dry them. An acid solution is then put on the teeth to roughen them up, which helps the sealant bond. Afterwards, the dentist puts a thin coating of sealant on each tooth and uses a curing light to harden it. The whole process takes about half an hour and is completely painless!

Prevents Discoloration

The chewing surfaces of molars have small pits and grooves that can trap food particles and bacteria. When these particles aren’t removed with brushing, they can turn into acids that damage the teeth. Sealants help prevent this and improve overall oral hygiene.

Unlike a dental filling, the application of sealants is painless and does not require numbing. During the process, the teeth that will be sealed are cleaned and prepped with an etching solution to prepare them for the bonded sealant material. The teeth are then kept dry using cotton isolation barriers or a rubber dam, and the sealant is painted onto the tooth surface and hardened with a curing light.

Dental sealants are often recommended for children as they are more prone to tooth decay, but adults can also benefit from them. They can be reapplied during regular checkups, and many insurance plans cover them as preventive services.

Prevents Plaque Buildup

Dental sealants are a preventive treatment that helps children maintain their oral health. They are plastic resin materials that bond and fill in the pits, fissures, or deep grooves on the chewing surfaces of primary (baby) or permanent molar teeth.

These areas can be difficult to reach and are prone to plaque buildup. Sealants help to protect these areas by creating a barrier that prevents plaque from building up and attacking the tooth enamel.

During a routine office visit, your dentist or hygienist will clean the teeth to be treated, dry them, and then paint on the sealant material. After a few seconds, they will shine a curing light to set the sealant. The procedure is painless and safe for kids and adults.

Prevents Bacteria Buildup

Despite good oral hygiene, bacteria can still form in the deep grooves on the biting surface of teeth called premolars and molars. These grooves are hard to brush and can be a breeding ground for plaque and tartar that lead to tooth decay. Sealants act like a raincoat for your teeth by creating a protective barrier that prevents food particles and bacteria from getting wedged in the grooves.

The dentist will start by cleaning the chewing surfaces of each tooth that will get sealed. Then the tooth will be dried and conditioned with an acid solution to roughen the surface for the sealant to bond. Once the tooth is ready, the sealant will be painted on and hardened in about a minute or less with a special curing light.

Prevents Pain

Dental sealants are a plastic coating that we paint on the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth (molars and premolars). We typically apply them to kids as soon as their permanent molars come in, but any kid that has trouble with brushing or flossing can benefit from them.

The procedure is simple and painless. We begin by cleaning and drying the tooth that will receive the sealant. An acid is then applied to the surface of the tooth to roughen it, which prepares it for the sealant. After the tooth is rinsed and dried, the sealant is painted on and then cured with an ultraviolet light.

You should schedule a regular checkup and cleaning every six months. During these visits, we’ll make sure that the sealants are still intact and that no chips or cracks have developed.