How Dental Sealants Keep Cavities at Bay!January 13, 2020 1:11 pm |
If you are a parent, you probably know how difficult it is to get children to brush and floss regularly. On top of that, young children often lack the necessary motor skills to properly care for their teeth. At Vista Ridge Family Dentistry, we want your whole family to have excellent dental health, so here’s some information on how your Cedar Park dentists can help protect your kids from tooth decay.
How Dental Sealants Can HelpDental sealants are thin coatings of plastic applied directly to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. By covering areas where pit and fissure cavities are likely to form, dental sealants effectively seal out tooth decay and prevent cavities in these areas. Dental sealants are an excellent boost for dental health. Vista Ridge Family Dentistry recommends that children get sealants as soon as their first and second sets of permanent molars come in (usually at 6 and 12 years of age, respectively). The process is quick and painless:
- The first step involves cleaning and drying the teeth that are to be sealed.
- Next, an acid solution is used to roughen the tooth surface and promote the sealant’s adhesion, followed by a rinse and drying.
- Finally, the sealant is painted directly onto the enamel (outer layer of the teeth) and allowed to dry and harden. A curing light may be used to help speed up the process.
- Although sealants are most commonly used for children, they can also benefit adults who are cavity-prone. Give us a call to find out how dental sealants can protect your family’s smiles!
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