In addition to good oral hygiene including brushing and flossing, there are other ways to protect your teeth from decay. Dental sealants can protect teeth and seal them off from decay causing bacteria. While brushing and flossing helps to remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth, toothbrush bristles often can't reach into the teeth's depressions and grooves. Sealants protect those areas and prevent food and bacteria from getting in.
Applying Dental Sealants
Dr. Hall applies sealants easily, and it takes only a few minutes to seal each tooth. The dentist first cleans the teeth that will be sealed, which may require the use of a dental drill to open the grooves of the teeth and determine if decay is present. Then he roughens the surface with an acid solution, which will help the sealant stick to the teeth. After this step comes "painting" the sealant onto the tooth. It bonds directly to the teeth and hardens. Dr. Hall will then use a special curing light to help the sealant harden.
Sealants can last five to ten years and will be checked at your regular dental appointments. If they're no longer in place they can easily be reapplied. Sealants are a great dental option, especially for our younger patients who are sometimes more susceptible to cavities. Choosing to seal your child's back molars will ensure their smile will stay healthy, strong and protected for years to come!