Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants

The major concern regarding children’s oral health is the formation of dental cavities. They may seem inevitable, and they are common, but they are preventable. You may be wondering why it’s even important to have to avoid treatment for cavities in children. After all, they’re going to lose their baby teeth anyway. The truth is, baby teeth are essential to the development of healthy adult (permanent) teeth, so it is crucial to keep them as clean and healthy as possible until the right time for them to fall out. One effective method of preventing cavities is by applying dental sealants. You can find this service in preventive dentistry at Your Neighborhood Dentist in Warren.

What are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are something like a shield for the teeth. They are applied in liquid form onto the teeth, where they harden into a plastic coating. This coating then acts as a barrier between the tooth surface and any harmful substances, such as food debris and plaque. This lowers the risk of cavities forming.

How are Dental Sealants Applied?

The teeth must be completely clean for dental sealants to be most effective, so a routine cleaning will first be performed. The procedure for dental sealants can be scheduled on the same day as a routine checkup for convenience. The teeth will be etched, or slightly roughened, using a mildly acidic solution. This type of surface will help the sealants bond more securely to the teeth. After this solution is rinsed off of the teeth, the sealants will be painted onto the chewing surface of the molars and premolars and hardened with a special light. The teeth can be used as usual shortly after the appointment.

Are Dental Sealants Safe?

Because dental sealants form a plastic covering, some patients may wonder how safe they are to be applied to their family members’ teeth. The truth is, dental sealants expose patients to 100 times less BPA than simply breathing air. They are safe and effective for reducing the number of cavities a patient develops.

Visit us at Your Neighborhood Dentist for this boost to your oral health in Warren.

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