Sealing Out Decay Saves the Day!

by Jason 10/23/2014 8:30 AM

Sealants are a fantastic tool to protect children’s teeth, shielding them from the cavity-causing bacteria and acids.

Proper brushing and flossing help get rid of food particles and plaque on the smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles can't reach all the way into the grooves of some teeth, making it difficult to dislodge food and bacteria.

A sealant is a plastic coating that fills in and protects the places where bacteria love to hide, reducing the chances of a cavity developing. And, sealants do more than protect from bacteria. The plastic resin in sealants also guards tooth enamel from acids.

Sealants are usually used just on permanent teeth and take a few minutes to apply. The application is as follows:

  • ·      The tooth will be cleaned
  • ·      The chewing surface will be roughened so the sealant will stick
  • ·      A sealant will be painted on the tooth
  • ·      A curing light will be held over the tooth to harden the sealant

And poof! Just like that, bacteria and acid are sealed out from attacking the tooth.

So, next time your dentist asks about applying sealant, make sure you say yes. You’ll help save your children from future cavities.

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