Protect your teeth with effective dental sealants
Brushing and flossing are the most effective ways to remove food particles, however, the contours of the teeth and jaw are different for everyone. If you are at risk for further tooth decay but have not yet developed cavities, a dental sealant may be the best way to stop cavities in their tracks.
Sealants are most often used on the rear teeth or molars. Children especially can benefit from the use of sealants as their teeth are still developing and they can prevent damage from acidic food and beverages.
Is a sealant the same as a filling?
No. A sealant is a preventative measure to stop cavities from forming.
How Sealants Are Placed
The teeth that are to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned.
Each tooth is then dried and cotton, or another absorbent material, is put around the tooth to keep it dry.
An acid solution is put on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to roughen them up, which helps the sealant bond to the teeth.
The teeth are rinsed and dried.
The sealant is then painted onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. Sometimes a special curing light is used to help the sealant harden.
Taking Care of Sealants
With proper care, a dental sealant may last up to ten years. After the sealant is applied you should resume regular brushing and flossing while avoiding hard foods and candies.