Katie Moynihan RDH
What is a Sealant?
Dental sealants are thin plastic-like coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of molars to prevent cavities. They work by providing a protective shield over the deep grooves and pits to seal out plaque and food. Often times, your toothbrush bristles do not reach all the way into the grooves to remove plaque and food. Once these vulnerable areas of your teeth are sealed, you can decrease your chance of tooth decay and be on your way to maintaining a healthy mouth!
How are sealants applied?
In 5 easy steps:
1. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned.
2. It is then dried properly and covered in cotton, so it stays dry.
3. A solution is applied on the tooth to make it rough, so the sealant sticks better.
4. The tooth is rinsed, dried and again covered in cotton, so it stays dry.
5. The sealant material is painted on the tooth and hardened with a light.
The likelihood of developing pit and fissure decay begins early in life. Sealants are often applied on children as a preventative method once their adult molars come in. However, adults with deep grooves on their teeth can also benefit from sealants. The process is a quick and painless method. Once applied, sealants can withstand the force of normal chewing and last for several years. During your regular dental visits, we will check the condition of the sealant and re-apply as needed.
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Hood, Alex. Sealants: A Weapon Against Cavities. http://www.deltadentalar.com/blog/sealants-a-weapon-against-cavities
Dental Sealants. (2013). http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/publications/faqs/sealants.htm